The Jefferson County School Board has approved the contract of newly-appointed superintendent Donna Hargens. Hargens finished a five day tour of Louisville last night and was in attendance for her first Jefferson County School Board meeting. The contract gives Hargens a $276,000 salary over the next four years. She will be making slightly more than… Continue reading Jefferson County School Board Approves New Superintendent Contract
After four hours of closed-door discussion, the Jefferson County School Board named Dr. Donna Hargens as the next superintendent of the district. Hargens was interim superintendent in Wake County in North Carolina, the 18th-largest school district in the nation. Hargens was chosen over the other finalist, Dr. Christine Johns-Haines of Michigan. But both of the… Continue reading JCPS School Board Names Hargens Next Superintendent
The Jefferson County Board of Education will meet tomorrow to interview candidates for interim superintendent of the district. Board president Steve Imhoff previously said he wanted to avoid appointing a temporary superintendent, but it may be necessary if a new leader isn’t in place before current Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s departure. His contract expires at the… Continue reading Board of Education to Interview Candidates for Interim Superintendent
The Board of Education is expected to approve appointments to the superintendent screening committee. The members include parents, teachers and other district employees, and the panel will interview finalists for the superintendent job.
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.
The school board met with the McPherson and Jacobson search firm Monday and established a set of criteria for the next leader. The list includes a commitment to student assignment and experience with urban schools and underperforming schools.
The JCPS board decided last year not to renew Berman’s contract, which expires this summer. Berman and two other finalists are due in Eugene for a meeting March 8th. Berman’s competitors for the job come from school districts in Montana and Iowa.
Two of the firms: Iowa-based Ray and Associates and Florida-based Greenwood/Asher and Associates have experience in Kentucky. The latter has worked with the state government and is now helping the University of Kentucky find a new president. Ray and Associates helped the state find an education commissioner in 2007.
The committee asked for bids from search firms last month, after choosing not to renew Superintendent Sheldon Berman’s contract, which expires at the end of June. The committee will choose two or three finalists and conduct interviews with representatives from those firms next month.
The bill was prompted in part by complaints from some Jefferson County parents about long bus rides their children have to endure under the assignment plan.