Fayette County Public School Board members will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday to further trim the list of candidates for the district's next superintendent, board chairman John Price said Saturday in a message to families.
Interviews with applicants online are set to begin Wednesday, but candidates' names won't be released to the public until later this month.
The school board is trying to find by July a replacement for Tom Shelton, who resigned as of December. Marlene Helm is serving in the interim.
At Tuesday's meeting, board members will receive additional information about the candidates from Lexington-based McNamara Search, a firm helping with the candidate search.
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"We hope to interview candidates via Internet on Wednesday, June 10, and Friday, June 12," Price said. "The finalists from that interview will undergo a thorough process of vetting, including an extensive background investigation, and the board will then determine which individuals we will invite to Lexington for public interviews. Once that decision is made, names of the finalists will be shared with our constituents."
Price said the tentative plan is to hold interviews with the finalists during the week of June 22. The schedule and format for those interviews has not yet been determined, but "we will need lots of community involvement in the process," Price said.
"We are very encouraged to see the high caliber of the individuals who are interested in becoming the next Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent and remain confident that we will find the right leader to join our team."
After meeting for 18 hours last week, a Superintendent Screening Committee composed of district staff and officials and a parent issued a statement saying the committee received 57 applications "reflecting diverse backgrounds and professional experiences."
School board members do not have to consider the screening committee's recommendations, but Price said the screening committee gave school board members a slate "of what appears to be well-qualified candidates who meet or exceed the qualifications in the profile established by our community."