Education

New chief named for troubled Clark County schools

Retiring Superintendent Dr. Elaine Farris awarded diplomas to the graduating class during the George Rogers Clark High School graduation in Winchester on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Retiring Superintendent Dr. Elaine Farris awarded diplomas to the graduating class during the George Rogers Clark High School graduation in Winchester on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Lexington Herald-Leader

Paul Christy, an in-house candidate, will be the new superintendent of the Clark County Public Schools.

Christy, who has been the district's operations director, will receive a three-year contract with a salary of $120,000 a year.

He will take over his new duties July 1, succeeding outgoing Superintendent Elaine Farris.

The other finalists for the post were Mike Stacy, chief academic officer for the Woodford County Schools; Lisa Stone, school improvement director for the Montgomery County Schools; and Sam Watkins, education recovery leader for the Kentucky Department of Education.

"It was a difficult decision," Clark school board chairman Michael Kuduk said. "Considering all of the things that are going on in the district right now, this is the way it ended up."

The district has been in turmoil recently over a school facilities plan that many residents don't like. The board voted to move forward with plan, however, after the state Department of Education threatened to cut off state funding if the board didn't act.

The school board had planned to select a new superintendent last week, but it decided to take more time to review the finalists.

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