Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Public weighs in on search for new Jefferson County school superintendent

Members of the public weighed in at a lightly attended meeting with the search firm that is helping the Jefferson County Board of Education in its search for a new school superintendent.

One of the key points is that the Jefferson County school system is complex, and it will have a steep learning curve for anyone who is not already familiar with the issues posed by a large school district.

Jefferson County citizens can do more to help themselves understand and interface in the hiring process.

Yesterday, the Bluegrass Institute released a ‘tip sheet’ for school boards hunting new superintendents. The sheet is based on our experience and observations in several hunts for education executives that proved highly problematic. While the tip sheet is of great value to school boards, it also provides ideas and search tools that public citizens can use to check out candidates. Check out our tip sheet, “Superintendent hiring: Advice to school boards.”

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