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Screening committee set for 2021 superintendent search

Thalethia Routt  Jennifer Bolander  Jessica Hiler  Kiyon Massey  Matt Marsh  Tom Jones

An early step toward selecting a new leader for Fayette County Public Schools is complete with the seating of a six-member Superintendent Screening Committee:

  • Parent representative: Thalethia Routt, who has two students in FCPS – one at Veterans Park Elementary and one at Henry Clay High School. Routt, a member of the FCPS Equity Council Committee, works as an associate general counsel at the University of Kentucky.
  • Certified employee representatives: Jennifer Bolander, who teaches special education at Henry Clay High School, and Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association.
  • Classified employee representative: Kiyon Massey, an associate director in Human Resources.
  • Principal representative: Matt Marsh, principal at Sandersville Elementary.

Fayette County Board of Education member Tom Jones, whom board chair Tyler Murphy appointed, is also on the committee. 

State law requires the establishment of a six-member Superintendent Screening Committee, and the nomination and election process is laid out in statute. It includes provisions to ensure diversity if none of the members represent minority groups. This additional step will not be necessary as the nomination and election process yielded a diverse committee in FCPS. 

The committee will review applications for the superintendent vacancy and make recommendations to the school board. Before they can begin that work, the board will hire a search firm or executive recruiter to help conduct a nationwide search. FCPS issued a “Request for Proposals” on Jan. 12, and the window for submissions closed this week. Board members are reviewing proposals from seven firms and will hold a work session at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, to review the proposals, interview firms, and determine next steps. 

“We want to affirm the commitment of our entire board team to involve all stakeholders in this critical effort,” Murphy said. “Input from students, employees, families, and community members will be critical as we move ahead.” 

The public will have a voice in the development of a candidate profile through surveys and focus groups, and will have the opportunity to participate in the interview process before the board makes a final decision. FCPS will share details on these opportunities and specific plans as the process unfolds. 

“The Fayette County Board of Education is committed to conducting this search in a way that builds upon and strengthens student, employee, family, and community engagement in order to attract a leader who can carry on the great work happening in the Fayette County Public Schools,” Murphy said.

(Posted Feb. 5, 2021) 

Lisa Deffendall, district spokeswoman
(859) 699-1441