• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

No one hired as director of staff and student services

Woodford County Public Schools has not yet hired someone to succeed Garet Wells as director of staff and student services, according to schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins. A strong candidate being considered to fill that vacant administrative position withdrew from consideration. "So we are looking at available options at this point in time," said Hawkins. Because he wants to fill the position with "the best candidate possible," Hawkins said he'll take his time in order "to get it right." He plans to talk with his Central Office administrative team and school board members about potential options moving forward. Filling the position with an interim director of staff and student services or sharing those job responsibilities among his administrative staff are options being considered, he said. "It's (an) extremely important (position), and I want to feel confident that we're getting it right," said Hawkins. "And if that takes me more time, then I'll take more time - and we'll do what we have to in the meantime because I feel like we've got to get that right." Hawkins acknowledged that he was disappointed with the number of applications - "maybe eight to 10" - he received, but acknowledged that timing may have affected the lower-than-anticipated interest. Wells submitted his resignation and accepted an offer to become an assistant superintendent with Franklin County Public Schools in mid-June.

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