UPDATE: Forums with Fayette school super candidates likely May 26-27

UPDATE POSTED 4:45 P.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County schools students, parents and stakeholders got a few more details Wednesday in the search for a new superintendent. Perhaps the biggest news was May 26-27, the dates for public forums with the finalists for the position.

Board of Education Chairman Tyler Murphy updated stakeholders in a letter:

Dear Fayette County Public Schools Families:

Our search for the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent has continued to move forward and we are on track to name a new superintendent in early June.

As we established in our timeline, our team has been busy checking references of the candidates interviewed by the Screening Committee. This includes contacting peers, supervisors, and direct reports. The search firm from Greenwood/Asher has made between 10-15 reference calls per candidate and will be sharing the information gathered from the reference checking with the Screening Committee this Friday.

The Fayette County Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021 during which the elected members of the Superintendent Screening Committee will present their recommended finalists. At an earlier meeting, the board charged the committee to bring forth a slate of 3-5 finalists who they feel best meet the qualifications established in our position profile. Once the board reviews and accepts the slate of finalists, these candidates will be notified and their names will be made public.

This step will complete the critical work of our Screening Committee: they have spent the past few months reviewing applicant materials, completing screening interviews, and conducting referencing—all ending with recommendations to our Board for our consideration. We thank the committee for the significant amount of time that they have put into the search, and the vital perspectives they brought as representatives of their stakeholder groups as outlined in Kentucky statute (board members, administrators, teachers, classified staff, and parents).

I know our community is eager to meet and learn more about the finalists. On Monday, May 24, we will publicly announce the names of our finalists at our regularly scheduled board meeting. Later that week, the finalists will meet virtually with internal stakeholders such as students, parents and families, and staff. Additionally, we are planning to conduct public forums as an opportunity for our community to “meet” our finalists and provide feedback as the Board weighs this critical decision. Tentatively, we’re planning to have the public forums during the evenings of May 26-27th.

Specific dates and times for the public forums will be set once we know how many finalists we will be considering. The voices of our students, employees, families, and community members will continue to play an important role in helping us select the next leader for our school district.

We will share additional information about how you can participate in coming weeks. Please see the FAQs if you have any questions and I encourage you to reach out with additional questions. Updates on the search are also shared online at www.fcps.net/search.

Sincerely,

Tyler Murphy

Fayette County Board of Education chair

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED MAY 10, 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Public Schools are a step closer to announcing finalists for a new superintendent.

Meanwhile, middle school students and their families soon will have access to a vaccination clinic after the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer COVID vaccine for use on 12- to 15-year-olds.

Another vaccination clinic is coming at STEAM Academy this Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. And the second dose for all those vaccinated previously at high school clinics is coming May 18.

And finally, a new middle school planned for Polo Club Boulevard in the Hamburg area will be built for 1,200 rather than 900 students, the school board decided Monday night.

During the meeting, it was announced the superintendent search committee will present its short list of superintendent candidates to the bard Monday, May 17. The finalists will be announced to the public May 24.

Between May 24 and June 1, virtual public forums will be held for the community to discuss the candidates. A new superintendent is expected to be announced June 1.

The board also began discussing how best to spend $45,282,889 in federal stimulus funds. About $3.2 million will go to virtual learning, $9 million toward the summer IGNITE program next year, about $2.2 million to IMAGINE Learning and about $24 million to schools.

Another $1.2 million is proposed for HVAC upgrades, $2.2 million for emergency leave, $1 million for transportation and $2.4 million for other indirect costs.

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