School board begins process of finding full-time superintendent

KSBA field consultant Quin Sutton guides the Caldwell County School District Board through a proposed timeline for the search for a new superintendent at Monday’s school board meeting. The board began the process by posting an advertisement for the position on Thursday.

With assistance from Quin Sutton, a former Caldwell County assistant superintendent and Lyon County superintendent, the Caldwell County school board began the process of finding a full-time superintendent Tuesday.

Sutton is now a field consultant for the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) and helps boards conduct superintendent searches.

“First and foremost, I want to say thank you to the board for allowing KSBA to work with you through this process,” he said. “We look forward to that, and we know it’s going to be a good experience, hopefully, for the board and you’ll get the right candidate for you.

“Every board has certain desires they want to see out of a superintendent, and each looks a little different. Our job is to help you find that person.”

Sutton guided the board through a proposed timeline for the search process. The board made changes to better fit its needs.

The board began advertising the position on Thursday through the KSBA. That ad will run through Nov. 30.

During that time, a screening committee will be set up to review applications and narrow them down to a number of candidates to consider along with the board.

The screening committee will be made up of one board member appointed by Board Chair Tim Kennaday, a principal elected by the district’s principals, two teachers elected by the district’s teachers, one classified staff member elected by classified staff, one parent elected by Parent-Teacher Organization parents and — if none of those members is a member of a minority class — one minority parent elected by all parents.

That committee and the board will hold a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 to discuss the procedure from that point. The board stated at its Tuesday meeting that it would recommend the screening committee present five to seven candidates for it to consider.

The screening committee would then meet on Dec. 17 and Jan. 12 before having another joint meeting with the school board on Jan. 21 to provide its list of finalists.

Interviews are scheduled to begin Jan. 25 with hopes of naming a new superintendent on Feb. 16.

Most of the meetings in the process will be held in executive session and will be closed to the public. The new superintendent would likely begin his duties on July 1.

The search is to fill the vacancy left when Nate Huggins retired as the superintendent of the Caldwell County School District, effective Sept. 1. He had served two years in that position.

The letter of retirement was tendered to the board on June 15, shortly after it was discovered that he had plagiarized a letter to graduating seniors that he later admitted to plagiarizing from a Georgia superintendent.

Since Sept. 1, Caldwell County native Heath Cartwright has been serving as the interim superintendent, having served as an assistant superintendent and interim superintendent for the McCracken County School District.

Cartwright will not take part in the search for a superintendent and has said he has no interest in being the superintendent. He has said that he will remain as the interim superintendent until June 30 or later if a full-time superintendent is not found by then.