• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS council to interview principal, candidates

The site-based council at Woodford County High School will soon begin conducting interviews with candidates to become its school’s next principal.

The applications for principal will be screened by central office administrators, who will provide the WCHS council with their top-tier recommendations. The council, however, may choose to interview any of the 10 candidates, said Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm.

“It is totally up to them on what they want to do with (our recommendations),” he said.

The council has set a goal of naming a new principal before spring break (April 1 to 5), according to Brehm.

He described the pool of applicants as “deep” in terms of being “very high quality,” but he expected more candidates to apply for the position. “That was surprising to me,” he added. “I thought we’d have upwards of 20 to 30 people, and we did not have that many apply.

But it is a really quality applicant pool. You only need one, so that’s a big positive.”

Brehm said the WCHS site-based council agreed on the characteristics for a new principal Tuesday, Feb. 26, after reviewing survey responses from about 300 students, 110 parents/community members and 50 staffers.

Professional characteristics of a new principal include being a team leader who empowers his/her staff and collaborates with all stakeholders. Other professional traits are being trustworthy, accountable and a strong communicator, an active listener and effective disciplinarian with high expectations for student achievement.

On a personal level, the council will seek someone who is compassionate, welcoming and has good judgment.

The WCHS council met again last Thursday, Feb. 28, to agree on interview questions for the principal candidates it will interview, said Brehm.

Dr. Jake Bell, a former Fayette County schools administrator, has served as WCHS interim principal this school year. Rob Akers was principal at WCHS for 13 years before accepting a job with the Kentucky Department

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