A bill that would give school superintendents a stronger role in choosing principals won approval from the House Education Committee after a long debate.
The measure sparked a discussion Tuesday about the proper roles of superintendents and school-based decision-making councils in filling a vacancy for school principal.
The committee amended the bill to allow a superintendent to narrow the number of prospects to three finalists. The school council would have three weeks to make its choice. If the council can’t agree on a choice, the superintendent would select the principal.
Currently, superintendents provide a broad of list of candidates to the school councils, which then make the choice.
Rep. Harry Moberly, DRichmond, said the bill strikes an “appropriate balance” between superintendents and councils. He said it will be an improvement over the current process.
The legislation is House Bill 322.