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Superintendent search brings 13 applicants

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By Molly Haines

The Owen County Schools Superintendent Search Screening Committee is now in full swing, with members established and over a dozen applications to consider.

The Owen County Board of Education, along with the screening committee, held a joint meeting July 21 in the Owen County High School auditorium.

Owen County Board of Education Chairman Terry Patterson said Mike Oder, a representative from the Kentucky School Board Association, was present at the meeting to go over several standard topics with the board.

“We went through the process and instructions on what everyone should and shouldn’t do,” Patterson said. “We went over our meeting dates and times, and we were told that 13 applications had been submitted.”

Applications were accepted through July 19.

Four of the applications were from out of state, and 12 of the 13 applicants were male. Two of the applicants are currently superintendents, and five of the applicants have district experience.

“We mainly talked about the process and organization of everything,” Patterson said. “The committee is to go through those 13 applications and come back to the board with five.”

According to the Owen County Superintendent Search timeline, the screening committee is expected to finalize their recommendations for the board during their Aug. 4 meeting and turn over all applicant files and notes to the board.

Although the screening committee will return to the board with five applications, according to state law, the board is not required to appoint a superintendent from the committee’s recommendations.

The screening committee is made up of two teachers, one board of education member, one principal, one parent and one classified employee.

Members of the screening committee are Patterson, Owen County Primary School Principal Sharen Hubbard, Owen County Primary School teacher Kathy Spaulding, Owen County High School teacher Mark McMillen, parent representative Aron Bourne and classified representative Candy Osborne.

The board is expected to interview candidates between Aug. 6-14. A new superintendent could be named by Aug. 19.