• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Search for new high school principal moves forward

Woodford County schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said he would like to make a decision on an interim principal for Woodford County High School by week’s end.

“We do have a couple of folks that have expressed interest that we’ve talked to,” said Hawkins before Monday night’s Woodford County Board of Education meeting.

Hawkins said he would talk to the high school’s site-based council about the candidates to get their feedback and input during its meeting on Tuesday, with the hope of making a decision on an interim principal late this week “so hopefully they can start at the end of July.” He said that would allow the interim to work with outgoing Principal Rob Akers, who has accepted a job with the state Department of Education, and get settled in before the start of school Aug. 9.

“I feel really good (about the two interim candidates),” said Hawkins. “They are both retired, but they both have high school principal experience. They’ve done interims since they’ve retired. So not only do they have the experience of doing the job on a permanent basis, they’ve also done it as an interim.”

When Hawkins met with the site-based council a week ago about hiring a principal for next school year, it was agreed that hiring a permanent principal would be problematic because of a lack of time before the start of the 2018-19 school year.

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