Search Panel Member Satisfied With JCPS Supt. Candidates

by Rick Howlett on June 2, 2011

A member of the search committee that screened candidates for superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools says she believes the panel got the best possible pool of applicants for the job.

Myrdin Thompson is also president of the 15th District PTA. She says now that the list of candidates has been narrowed to two finalists, parents, students and JCPS employees should make every effort to meet them when they visit Louisville next week.

“As well as, kind of do our own due diligence about the candidates. With the advent of Internet and Google, we can kind of do our own searches, and bring any questions and concerns to those candidates in that public forum, as well as express ourselves to the board of education to let them know our feelings
about where those candidates are,” she said.

Dr. Christine Johns-Haines of Michigan and Dr. Donna Hargens of North Carolina will each visit Louisville for two days next week. The visits will include a 90 minute public meeting at Male High School.

Thompson says both candidates would be up to the various challenges of the job, including overseeing implementation of the district’s revamped student assignment plans.

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