Only two search firms have applied to help the Fayette County Board of Education search for a new superintendent, board chairman John Price said Monday.
The district had invited 74 firms to submit proposals. The board now intends to meet, perhaps Saturday, to consider its options.
Price said he was surprised by the low number of responses. Asked whether the board might consider requesting more proposals, he said the board first would need to look at the responses it has received.
"I think what the board will have to do is look at what we have and try to make a decision," he said. "The purpose of Saturday's scheduled meeting was to look at what was available, schedule interviews with the top respondents, and then try to take action on March 28.
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"When the board sees that we have only two proposals, I don't know what our decision will be."
A search firm would advertise in leading national educational publications for applicants for superintendent and handle other tasks related to the search. The school board, however, hasn't decided whether it actually will hire a search firm.
Outgoing Superintendent Stu Silberman is expected to remain on the job until August before starting as executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence on Sept. 1. He was named to that post two weeks ago.
Board members have said they want to name a new superintendent early enough so he or she could spend some time with Silberman.
Price said he had expected that the board would get "substantially more" than two search-firm proposals.
"Our request for proposals was pretty extensive, so perhaps the firms thought we were asking for too much," he said. "Perhaps they're all already committed to other searches."
At least three other Kentucky school districts are looking for new superintendents.