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Search for new superintendent approaches next stage: Recruitment

The Fayette County Board of Education says that the nationwide search to find the new superintendent for Kentucky’s second largest school system is well underwayThe Superintendent Profile, developed with the community’s input, is now posted on FCPS’s dedicated Superintendent Search webpage. Education executive recruitment firm Greenwood /Asher & Associates has been retained to support the board to select the district’s next superintendent.

“We’re coming out of a challenging time and we’re grateful to the community for coming together and actively supporting the search process,” said board Chair Tyler Murphy. “The feedback provided through more than 60 listening sessions will continue to guide us throughout this journey.”

The Fayette County Public Schools community — board members, students, teachers, administrators, classified staff, families, higher education partners, faith-based organizations, businesses, non-profits, service groups, community leaders, and government agencies — had the opportunity to share what they value about our district and see as our future. Based on the feedback gathered from the FCPS community, the traits identified for the next superintendent include: 

  • Putting students first.
  • Providing all teachers, students, and staff with the most effective resources.
  • Demonstrated success in leading initiatives that have resulted in meaningful and quantifiable improvement in advancing the district/school commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strategic thinking and planning.
  • Innovative approaches to the district’s challenges, which have been further highlighted by COVID-19. 

The Superintendent Screening Committee, chaired by Jessica Hiler, president of the Fayette County Education Association, is encouraging community referrals. “The Fayette County community knows what is needed for continued educational excellence and are encouraged to submit nominations for the position of superintendent,” Hiler said. “The search for a new superintendent is an important decision facing our schools today and we are asking the community to stay engaged with us throughout the entire search.” 

The Superintendent Position Profile is available on the search page. Nominations can be sent directly to Ann Bailey, senior executive search consultant at Greenwood/Asher & Associates. 

Advertising has begun in diverse education job sites, as well as state and national outlets. At the end of April, the Superintendent Screening Committee will begin reviewing the leading prospects for consideration in the first round of interviews, which are expected to take place in May. 

Information about the candidates will be kept confidential to protect the privacy of the applicants. Once finalists are selected, names will be publicly announced, and the community will have an opportunity to engage with candidates at that time. 

The FCPS board plans to have the new superintendent selected and onsite for the start of the 2021-22 school year. 

Find the latest updates by visiting the board’s search page.

(Posted April 14, 2021)