The search for Fayette County Schools' next superintendent has entered a new phase, according to board chairman John Price.
PROACT Search, the Illinois-based firm Fayette County terminated a few weeks ago, has transferred electronic files on candidates to Lynda McNamara, the president of McNamara Search Associates of Lexington, Price told the Herald-Leader.
McNamara, who has a $20,000 contract with the district, is working on the files so superintendent screening committee members — including school officials and a parent — can review them.
The board will receive a recommended slate of top candidates from the screening committee and McNamara Search, Price said.
Board members had said they wanted to choose a new superintendent by July 1. But Price said the time line will depend on the screening, interviewing, referencing and background investigations of the candidates.
"Although the board remains hopeful that we will find the right candidate to start in July, we are committed to a thorough, quality process so that we can hire the very best superintendent to lead the Fayette County Public Schools," Price said in a statement to families Friday night.
A few weeks ago, school board members voted to terminate their contract with PROACT Search after concerns were raised about PROACT's CEO. About 30 candidates had applied to PROACT before the board decided to terminate that contract.
Board members are trying to find a replacement for Tom Shelton, whose resignation was effective in December. Marlene Helm is serving in the interim.