At least two of the finalists for the challenging job of heading the Fayette County Public Schools will visit town next week.
It's an important job all the time but the new superintendent will need to hit the ground running, hard.
The district has been operating under an interim superintendent since Tom Shelton left in December, following a report by the state auditor that revealed deep rifts within the central office staff and management shortcomings.
More recently, Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday released a review of the district that laid out concerns about the central office's capacity to lead school turnarounds and close achievement gaps. Holliday's office is expanding its oversight of the Fayette County schools.
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Each candidate will be here for a day and a half that will include a press conference and public forum. The forums will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday at the Norsworthy Auditorium at the Central Office on Main Street. The forums and afternoon press conferences with the candidates also will be shown live and replayed on Channel 13 and be available for streaming at www.fcps.net.
Anyone can submit questions or share comments about the candidates at www.fcps.net/letstalk.
This is an important job, one that can have a huge impact on the entire community, not just those with kids in the schools.
Take the time to attend or tune in and share your thoughts or questions.