Campbellsville superintendent search under way

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May 1 announcement anticipated.

By James Roberts

The search for a new Campbellsville Independent School superintendent is under way.

According to Frank Kidwell, who is serving as the Campbellsville Independent School Board's facilitator in the search, the screening committee has been selected, the timeline for the search and hiring procedures have been set and the position has been posted.

At a Board meeting in December, Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers announced her resignation.

Woods-Ayers said she had decided, after much consideration, many prayers and discussions with her husband, not to pursue the renewal of her contract as superintendent.

"Together, we have accomplished a great deal," she said, "but there is more yet to be done."

The position was posted on the state's educators job search Web site - http://apps.kde.state.ky.us/keps/job_search - on Jan. 20.

The deadline for applications is March 6.

According to the job posting, the district "is seeking an innovative educational leader skilled in communicating the district's vision."

The District is looking for a proven administrator, organizational leader and someone who is selflessly "devoted to the students and constituents of the district."

Only those who have or are eligible for a Kentucky superintendent's certification should apply. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, applicants should send seven copies of a letter of application, resume, Kentucky certification and complete transcripts to Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Search, 136 S. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville, Ky. 42718. Letters of recommendation must be mailed separately by author.

The Board opted not to contract with the Kentucky School Board Association, opting instead to rely on its own past experience and training in hiring a superintendent.

Board Chairwoman Angie Johnson said Kidwell volunteered to help the Board with the process.

The screening committee will begin reviewing applicants after the March 6 deadline, Johnson said, and present its recommendations to the Board at a special meeting on March 23. There will be no limit on the number of applicants the committee will recommend to the Board for interviews.

"We want the best applicants," Johnson said. "We would not want to turn someone down. We want to consider everyone."

Johnson said the Board hopes to announce a new superintendent on May 1.

"We just wanted to pick a date so that there would be plenty of crossover," Johnson said, adding that Woods-Ayers' last day is June 30. "Plus, school would still be in session then."

- Staff Writer James Roberts can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 226 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.