Forty-one people have contacted the search firm involved in finding the next superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, a company representative told the school board Monday.
Gary Solomon, CEO of Proact Search, based in Illinois, said the candidates were from the region and across the nation.
Later Monday, the board approved a profile of what it wants in a candidate. The characteristics include:
■ Documented results of consistently improving achievement for all students.
■ A strong communicator who can share the district's goals and actions in a thoughtful, positive way.
■ Ensure that resources are distributed equitably among student populations.
■ Find the balance between serving low- and high-performing students from diverse backgrounds, and support programs and services to benefit both populations.
"We need a transformational leader," said school board member Daryl Love, who is on the search committee.
Solomon said residents also indicated that the district should seek a superintendent who can rebuild public trust.
He did not cite specific reasons why trust should be rebuilt. But among the issues the district is facing is a number of low-performing schools and a 2014 special examination by state Auditor Adam Edelen that found chronic mismanagement of the district's finances.
The district is seeking a replacement for Tom Shelton, who resigned last year to become executive director of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents. Marlene Helm is superintendent in the interim.
The board hopes to hire a superintendent by the end of June, and chairman John Price reiterated Monday that it had no specific candidates in mind.
The superintendent screening committee meets Tuesday, when the district also kicks off its recruitment period.
Members of the committee, in addition to Love, are district budget director Julane Mullins, Fayette County Education Association president Jessica Hiler, associate certified personnel director Meribeth Gaines, principal representative Kate McAnelly of Beaumont Middle School, and parent representative Sharon Mofield-Boswell.
The board might accept — but does not have to — the recommendation of the screening committee.
Under a proposed time line, the search firm will take applications for the job, which will pay $240,000 to $260,000 a year, until May 15.
On May 21, the screening committee will be given confidential candidate information. On May 27, the school board is set to meet with the screening committee.
From June 1 to 3, the full school board will interview semifinalists via Skype.
On June 8, 9 and 10, the board will conduct interviews with finalists, which will be public.