By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
Knox County Schools began a new chapter May 1 when former superintendent Walter Hulett stepped down and Interim Superintendent Ralph Hoskins took the helm.
According to the schools’ Public Relations Director Frank Shelton, the decision to hire Hoskins came Saturday, April 27.
“The Board interviewed three candidates for the position of interim superintendent (that day),” Shelton said. “The Board met in executive session to conduct the interviews.”
He said board members voted to return to regular session.
“Once the Board returned to regular session, which was part of a special-called Board meeting, (Board member) Dexter Smith made the motion, and (Board member) Charles Merida seconded to hire Interim Superintendent Hoskins.”
That was the first step.
The Board of Education sent notice of another special-called meeting slated for noon Saturday.
According to the agenda, it is to be working session for the board members and the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) for a superintendent search.
“To my understanding one representative will be here who will work with the District throughout the search process,” Shelton explained. “KSBA does have support staff at its offices which will work in conjunction with this representative.”
He added that further work sessions are possible.
“None of the five Board members have participated in a superintendent search before,” Shelton said.
One goal of Saturday’s meeting is to establish new expectations of the permanent superintendent. “We anticipate most of the meeting being KSBA explaining the search process and explaining the services that they will provide to the district,” Shelton said.
He said that KSBA will oversee advertising the open position.
“The formal advertising will begin following the meeting on Saturday, however, a statement appears on the KSBA website stating that they will be handling the search,” Shelton explained.
As far as a target date for hiring a new superintendent, Shelton said it is not known.
“The Board of Education has not announced a time frame for this,” he said. “The interim superintendent’s current contract is valid for up to six months.”