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Calloway County superintendent search begins

BY KATHLEEN FOX kfox@paducahsun.com

The Calloway County School District has begun the superintendent hiring process following the board's decision earlier this week not to renew the contract of current leader Kennith Bargo.

The board voted unanimously not to offer Bargo a new contract following a two-hour closed session on Monday night. His four-year contract at an annual salary of $110,000 began on Aug. 1, 2010, and will end June 30. Bargo replaced former superintendent Steve Hoskins, who retired in 2010 after five years leading the district.

Bargo had asked the board for a two-year extension to that agreement in January, according to District spokesman David Dowdy. Prior to serving as Calloway County school superintendent, Bargo was the superintendent for Livingston County schools for two years. He also worked as the director of pupil personnel in Warrick County, Ind., for five years.

During a specially-called meeting Friday afternoon, members started the search process by notifying district and school staff, parent and teacher organizations about the vacancy. Advertising for the opening will begin during the first week in April through written newspaper and online notices. The board decided not to use a professional search consultant firm to assist in the process, according to Dowdy.

He said the board discussed target dates for each phase of the hiring process and steps to establish a superintendent screening committee. The group will be comprised of two teachers, one school board member, one principal, one classified employee and one parent, according to state law.

Teachers, principals and classified staff members may nominate themselves or any other individual for the committee by April 9. Voting will then occur by ballot until noon on April 15. The board appointed member Leeann Myers as its representative to the screening council, according to Dowdy.

The selected screening group will be presented during the regularly scheduled meeting on April 17 at East Calloway Elementary School on Pottertown Road in Murray. The board set the meeting on May 8 for the screening committee to present its report. Interviews will then be scheduled for the week of May 12. The goal is to have a new superintendent chosen by June 15, he said.

Contact Kathleen Fox, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or follow @kathleendfox on Twitter.

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