Kentucky school superintendents would be able to vote in the election of new principals under a bill endorsed Tuesday by the House Education Committee.
The proposal was approved as a committee substitute for Senate Bill 12. It now goes to the full House for a vote.
Superintendents across Kentucky have long complained that they have essentially no role in the selection of principals, a responsibility that state law basically leaves up to the site-based council at each school.
Senate Bill 12, which the Senate passed in early January, originally would have authorized superintendents to appoint principals after at least consulting with the site-based council. The new language approved by the House Education Committee would give superintendents a less direct role.
Under the new proposal, the superintendent, or the superintendent's designee, would serve as chairman of a school's site-based council in the principal selection process and would have a vote in the hiring of a new principal.
Principals would be selected by a majority vote of the council, including the vote of the superintendent or his designee.
If SB 12 passes the House, the amended bill would have to go back to the Senate for its approval.