Human Relations Commission Calls on JCPS Board to Begin New Superintendent Search

A division of Metro Government has joined the calls to re-open the search for a new superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.

Two candidates for the office visited Louisville this week, but both were met with mild reactions at public forums. Attendees complained that the finalists were generally underwhelming, saying they didn’t answer questions fully, if at all.

The local chapter of the NAACP was the first to call for the search to be re-opened. Now the Metro Human Relations Commission is following suit. In a statement, the commission says the search was rushed and was not transparent. Further, the statement says the two finalists did not represent all members of the community. Both candidates are white, though they are also both female. JCPS has not had a female superintendent in more than a century.

Board of education chair Steve Imhoff has said he would rather not re-open the search.