JCPS Board Sets Public Meetings on Superintendent Search

by Gabe Bullard on March 21, 2011

Three public meetings have been scheduled in the Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent search.

The school board and its search firm will take public comment on what qualities to look for in a superintendent on Monday at Gheens Academy and Tuesday at the VanHoose Education Center.

Outgoing Superintendent Sheldon Berman was often in the middle of disputes over the JCPS student assignment plan, and it’s likely opponents of the plan will attend the public meetings. Board Chairman Steve Imhoff previously told WFPL the new superintendent will have to support student assignment.

“I’m sure this superintendent will work with us maintaining a good student assignment plan,” he said. “I don’t have much concern about that, because I will not vote for a superintendent that does not believe in diversity and equity in our schools.”

The board voted last year not to renew Berman’s contract. Berman has since taken a job in Eugene, Oregon.

The board and the search firm will also meet separately with stakeholders and students in next week.

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