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Jenkins looking for new school superintendent

The Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education met Monday evening to accept the retirement of Superintendent Deborah Watts and to establish the guidelines for its search for a new superintendent.

Watts announced her intention to retire at the board’s May meeting last week, and the board accepted her retirement letter, with regret, this week.

The board also voted to allow the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) to undertake the preliminary steps in recruiting a new superintendent. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. said KSBA has offered to do the search at a discounted rate. KSBA will conduct the initial advertising for the position as well as checking qualifications. The organization will then forward the list of qualified candidates to the board-appointed committee for its consideration. The committee will conduct interviews and take the final steps in hiring.

There was some confusion as to the timetable for the actual hiring. Watts said she will remain in her post until the end of July and Narramore said he will contact the Kentucky Department of Education and the KSBA as well as Board At- torney Tim Crawford for instructions on the “letter of the law” regarding the process. Narramore said he expects Crawford will attend the next meeting as well as a representative of KSBA.

Narramore appointed board member Paulette Sexton to represent the school board on the search committee. The committee will consist of one board member, two teachers from the school system, one principal, one parent, and one classified employee.

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