CIS to name new super soon

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Hall says new superintendent will be in place by May 8

By Zac Oakes

The school year is winding down at Campbellsville Independent Schools, and so is the search for a new superintendent.

Following a rather short meeting of the CIS Board of Education Monday evening, in which board members spent roughly 10 minutes in executive session, board chair Pat Hall said the board plans to have the district’s new superintendent in place by the next regular meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m. at the district office.

“By May 8, we will have a superintendent in place,” Hall said.

Hall had previously announced that five candidates applied for the superintendent position. After discussion by the screening committee, with requirements set forth by KRS 160.352, the committee submitted three names from the list of five applicants to the board for review.

The board reviewed the applications and agreed with the screening committee on the three finalists.

“After looking at all the applications, we narrowed it down to three,” Hall said. “That was on the recommendation of the screening committee. Through their screening process, they thought they were really good candidates. The board reviewed those three, and we concurred that those are three excellent options for superintendent.”

Of those three names, Hall confirmed that two are current employees of the Campbellsville Independent School District.

She said they agreed that any district employee who applied for the job would automatically receive an interview.

This would indicate that the two finalists that are current employees of the district were the only two district employees to apply for the position.

Hall said they already have interview times scheduled for the three finalists, with one taking place Tuesday, April 18. The others are scheduled for Monday, April 24, and Tuesday, April 25.

“We are doing one interview a night,” Hall said. “That way we can give ample time to all those who are interviewing to answer questions and ask questions. We believe it is very important for someone who wants to be superintendent of the school district to be able to ask the questions that they need to ask so they know that this is the job that they would want to seek.”

She said that, just like with any interview, a second interview could be scheduled for any or all of the candidates to ensure the board makes the best decision. Hall said they may not need a second interview for any of the candidates, but it would simply be at the discretion of the board members on how they wish to proceed.

“We’re not anticipating a second round [of interviews], but the candidates understand, and they understand the time we are looking at and all have agreed to be available to the board if we need to interview them again,” Hall said.

Hall also confirmed that none of the three have previous experience as a district superintendent.

“For all three candidates, this would be their first time in the role of superintendent,” Hall said. “We are looking to start new and hopefully give a good opportunity to someone.”

She declined to name the three finalists for the position, and said that due to confidentiality, it will be at the discretion of the candidates who were not chosen if they wish to have their names released following the announcement of the board’s choice.

Mike Deaton currently occupies the superintendent position. Deaton has been superintendent of Campbellsville Independent Schools since 2009, when he replaced Diane Woods-Ayers. He was the principal at Campbellsville High School for two years prior to being named superintendent.

Deaton announced at the board’s meeting last December that he would not seek another contract with the district, stating that he felt that it was his time to move on.

“We’re in a good place and got things going in a good direction,” Deaton said at that meeting. “We’ll get somebody younger in here and they’ll take this thing and run with it and make it better.”

Deaton’s last day is scheduled for June 30 of this year when his four-year contract ends.