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Calloway superintendent, board await contract

BY LAUREN P. DUNCAN lduncan@paducahsun.com

Although the Calloway County Board of Education decided to rehire former superintendent Steve Hoskins at its meeting Thursday, the district has not negotiated a contract with him.

Hoskins was rehired after Superintendent Kennith Bargo resigned April 21. Bargo's resignation came after the Calloway County Board of Education held a two-hour closed session meeting March 24, when the board decided not to renew Bargo's contract.

Bargo was hired in 2010 after Hoskins retired. Bargo received a four-year contract at $110,000 a year.

Board Chairman Jeff Gordon said in regard to Bargo's contract not being renewed that the district is looking for a leader who can fill the position long term. When the board began to look at Bargo's contract this spring in anticipation of its June 30 expiration, Bargo reportedly was seeking a two-year renewal.

Hoskins said he took over as interim superintendent on April 21 when Bargo resigned. He said Bargo remains employed by the district until June 30 as a part of his contract. Hoskins will remain an interim until June 30.

Hoskins said the board has been discussing his contract, but no decision has been reached.

"I guess the sooner the better, but we haven't been able to arrive at one," he said.

Because the board has not reached a decision, Hoskins could not specify possible terms, but he said as a retiree, his contract must be reviewed every year.

Hoskins served as superintendent from 2004-2010. When Hoskins took over as interim superintendent in April, the board had formed a search committee to review applications. None of the 13 other applicants was interviewed.

Gordon said at the June 12 meeting that the board hopes Hoskins can help the district find another leader for the future, which Hoskins said he wants to do.

"They need some new, younger blood and it seems like it's more of an issue nowadays to find qualified applicants ... we'll try to work in that direction," Hoskins said.

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

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