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What Should Fayette County Look For In Its Next Superintendent?

Fayette County Public Schools is asking the community for help in the search for the district's next leader after the unexpected passing of former Superintendent Manny Caulk in December.

With COVID-19 changing the way the process might normally unfold, the search firm hired by the school board is turning to a number of online community input sessions. The Zoom meetings offer a chance for participants to speak directly to school board members about the direction they would like to see the district move under its next leader.

The board is also setting up ways for community groups to facilitate their own listening sessions.

"This is one of the tools that we're using and that is to have people in the community within the district become facilitators and gather input," superintendent screening committee member Susanne Griffin explains. "We're meeting with a number of groups, but certainly we don't have the capacity to meet with everybody who might have valuable input."

Two community input sessions are scheduled for this Thursday at 2 and 6:30 pm, and another is set for Saturday at 10 am. Sign-ups are here.

Residents also have the option of taking a 10-minute online survey about the qualities they would like to see in the district's new superintendent. The survey runs through March 13. 

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.