• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS to seek interim principal for next school year

Woodford County High School’s site-based council agreed to move forward with a search for an interim principal for next school year during a special meeting on Monday.

Schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins will ultimately make the decision on who’s hired to lead WCHS during the 2018-19 school year, but he told council members that he’d seek their input on interim principal candidates before making a choice.

Hawkins said he would like to have an interim in place by the end of July so that person will have an opportunity to work with outgoing Principal Rob Akers before Akers begins his new job at the Kentucky Department of Education Aug. 1.

The WCHS council agreed to begin discussions on potential candidates for the interim position with Hawkins in closed session at its regular meeting onTuesday, July 17. The main concerns raised by council members about having an interim principal next school year were related to ensuring that the interim does not interrupt the positive momentum from last school year at a top-five high school.

“That becomes my responsibility is to ensure that doesn’t happen; and to make sure whomever is selected understands where the school is, where they’re headed, that there’s a lot of great things in place right now and that there would be no need to come in and (change direction),” Hawkins said. “This is not a turnaround situation… That’s not the case here, and I think that just has to be clearly explained up front – and that’s my job.”

With the school year set to begin in about a month (Aug.9), Hawkins told the council that the limited timeframe would make hiring a permanent successor for Akers a challenge.

“My greatest concern with the timing of this position right now,” said Hawkins, “(is) I don’t know that we would get the quality of candidate pool that you would want, that we would all want.”

The search for a permanent successor for Akers will probably begin around the first of March, Hawkins told the council, which he said would give them plenty of time to undertake the process of hiring a new principal before next school year.

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