FCPS Hopes To Hire New Superintendent Before Next School Year

Fayette County Board of Education Member Daryl Love said the first priority for the school district will be to find an interim Superintendent, and then they will focus on finding a permanent Superintendent.

Superintendent Tom Shelton’s last working day is Friday December, 12th.  He resigned to become Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. 

Love said the board hopes to hire a new Superintendent by the start of the next school year.

"But if that’s not feasible to the point when you look at our candidates and things that come to fruition, we will actually go back to the drawing board and continue to move forward," said Love.

Love said he wants to make sure Fayette County hires the right person, not just somebody available right now.

We spoke with love during news conference about the academic achievement gap in Fayette County Public Schools.

The 2014 FCPS Equity Scorecard found a 35% gap in reading and math scores between white and African-American students.  The gap was more than 35% between students who can afford to bring their own lunch versus students on free, or reduced lunch.  According to the Scorecard, some of the gaps have been growing.

"We’ve had so many distractions this past year, we haven’t made the right progress," said Superintendent Tom Shelton.

Shelton, also at the news conference, said he would continue to support the efforts to decrease the gap.  Shelton said he will continue to live in Lexington. 

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