What Qualities Should Next FCPS Superintendent Have?

Fayette County Public Schools begins its search for a new superintendent.  Late Thursday, Tom Shelton resigned.

FCPS Board Chair John Price said Shelton gave him a heads up on Tuesday about a new job interview. 

Shelton’s contract was set to expire at the end of the school year.  At least one Board Member openly questioned if he’d want to bring Shelton back.  Recently, a state audit found the district suffered from "Chronic mismanagement."  Now, the Board must hire a new Superintendent.

"I think that the audit is not necessarily detrimental to us.  I think it points out some areas we need to work on, but I think we were already, for the most part, aware of the issues the audit brought up and Tom was already taking some action," said Price.

Price said he wants the next Superintendent to have a proven track record in student achievement and also top notch communication skills.

Shelton’s last day will be New Year’s Eve, but because of vacation time he will be done working in mid-December.

"It would be good for us to find and appoint an interim Superintendent that would hopefully have a few days of overlap with Tom," said Price.

Price hopes to hire a new Superintendent by January, 1st.  He said the district may hire a search firm to vet candidates. 

The Board meets on Monday. 

State Auditor Adam Edelen sent us this statement on Shelton’s resignation:

“Tom Shelton is a fine man and a dedicated educator. I wish him well. My office provided the Fayette County School District with a road map for reform in September. I urge the next superintendent to closely heed those recommendations.-Auditor Adam Edelen

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