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Campbellsville Elementary School could have a new principal by next Monday.
Tomorrow, the school's site-based decision making council will begin interviewing five candidates for the job, according to SBDM councilwoman and CES teacher Laura Dicken. The council will conclude the interviews on Thursday.
In all, nine people applied for the job, and all were qualified, according to SBDM chairwoman Lisa Wiseman. The position was posted on the Kentucky Department of Education's Kentucky Educator Placement Service Web site for 30 days beginning on May 1.
"We felt very good about the applicants," she said.
The search for a new principal began in May, after current principal Linda Handley accepted a state job.
After five years as principal of CES, Handley has accepted a job as a highly skilled educator, part of a Kentucky Department of Education program aimed at helping ailing schools. Handley is one of 15 Kentucky educators recently hired for the program.
Highly skilled educators work with struggling schools on ways to improve student achievement. Typically, they spend two to three years at a school and may be assigned to several schools at once.
The council used a principal profile, formed as a result of parent and teacher input meetings, to screen the applicants, Wiseman said.
According to the profile, CES is looking for a principal who has a vision for the future, good oral and written communication skills, strong organizational sense, a knowledge of elementary school structure, understanding of and support for the needs of students, staff and the community and a positive attitude, among other things.
In addition to having teaching and principal certifications, applicants were required to submit three letters of recommendation, a resume and their educational philosophy with their applications.
The council hopes to announce the new principal by Monday, June 16. Among the five are a few local applicants, Dicken said.
Depending on the person's current job situation, they may be able to work alongside Handley for a few days, Wiseman said. Otherwise, the new principal is expected to start work July 1. Handley's last day is June 30.
Wiseman said that going into the interviews, the council's mission remains the same.
"We are looking for the best person for CES, someone to move us to the next level," she said.