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Calloway school board rehires superintendent

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

MURRAY - The Calloway County Board of Education unanimously decided Thursday to rehire Steve Hoskins as its new superintendent of schools.

Hoskins volunteered to serve as the interim superintendent after the board elected not to renew previous Superintendent Kennith Bargo's contract in March.

The board passed a resolution at its regular meeting Thursday that names Hoskins as its chosen candidate. The resolution stated the board considered the "high expectations" of the district's residents and gave great consideration to the decision. All five board members voted in favor of hiring Hoskins.

Hoskins served as superintendent from 2004-2010.

"I'm glad to help Calloway County schools again," he said.

The board created an internal search committee that received 14 applications, but Board Chairman Jeff Gordon said none of the applicants besides Hoskins lived in the district or had experience as a superintendent.

"Basically, they said when (Hoskins) turned in his application, we were done," Gordon said.

None of the other applicants was interviewed, he added.

"He is the right choice," Gordon said.

The board was expected to discuss the details of Hoskins' contract in executive session.

Bargo had requested a two-year contract, but it was denied by the board. He had served since 2010 under a four-year contract.

Gordon said the district is looking for a leader who can fill the position long-term, and Hoskins would help with that goal. 

"He (Hoskins) has a vision to find someone for us."

Contact Lauren Duncan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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