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New CMS, CHS principals to be named on Friday, June 23

Campbellsville middle and high school principals for the new school year are set to be announced on Friday, June 23.

 

Campbellsville middle and high school site-based decision making councils are in the process of choosing the new principals, and will soon begin interviewing candidates.

 

There will be several administrative changes at Campbellsville elementary, middle and high schools next school year.

 

Mike Deaton, superintendent at Campbellsville Independent Schools, will retire on June 30.

 

Campbellsville Board of Education members chose Kirby Smith, who is currently principal at CHS, to fill Deaton’s position. As a result, Smith’s principal position will become vacant when he becomes superintendent on July 1.

 

At CES, Ricky Hunt, who is currently principal, will become director of federal programs on July 1, overseeing the District’s federal programs, preschool and adult education.

 

On July 1, Elisha Rhodes, who is currently CMS principal, will become the CES principal. As a result, the move will leave the CMS principal position vacant.

 

CMS and CHS site-based decision making councils – along with the superintendent – are charged with hiring principals for their respective schools, and have met several times in recent weeks to discuss the steps to do that.

 

However, because Deaton is retiring, he has appointed Kent Settle, instructional supervisor, to be his designee on the CHS SBDM and Smith to be his designee on the CMS SBDM.

 

The current principals aren’t allowed to be involved with hiring a principal to replace them.

 

Applications are now being sought for the open principal positions, and will be accepted through Thursday, June 22. Several applications have been submitted.

 

CMS and CHS council members met last week to discuss the application, interview and selection process.

 

They underwent the required training a few weeks ago to know the proper rules and regulations to follow while completing the principal selection process.

 

To help with the process, council members asked for parents, teachers, staff members and other stakeholders to complete surveys as to what qualities the new principals should have.

 

The results were discussed at meetings this week.

 

Campbellsville Middle School

 

CMS Site-Based Decision Making Council members met on Wednesday, June 14, to discuss the questions they will ask principal candidates in interviews next week.

 

Results from surveys taken by staff members, parents and teachers show that those stakeholders want a principal who will provide a safe and positive learning environment, practice consistent discipline, ensure accountability for learning and behavior, be actively involved in classroom instruction, build a culture of trust, fairness and respect, treat all people with respect, will be accessible, visible and approachable and manage time effectively and efficiently.

 

Eighteen staff members and 25 parents completed the survey.

 

The CMS council will meet again on Monday, June 19, at 9 a.m. to conduct candidate interviews. The meeting will be called to order and then closed for those interviews.

 

Council members plan to announce the new CMS principal during a special meeting on Friday, June 23, at 9 a.m. at CMS.

 

Current CMS SBDM members are Principal Elisha Rhodes, teachers Sharon Harris, Katie Campbell and Jessica Lile and parents Dianna Vancleave and Don Dabney.

 

Campbellsville High School

 

CHS Site-Based Decision Making Council members met on Tuesday, June 13, to discuss the questions they will ask principal candidates in interviews on Thursday, June 15.

 

Results from surveys taken by staff members, parents and teachers show that most stakeholders want a principal who will treat people with respect and dignity, provide a safe and positive learning environment, be accessible, visible and approachable, understands the connection between culture and school achievement, will build a culture of trust, fairness and respect, wants to sustain and expand innovative approaches to education and communicates effectively with students, parents, staff members and the community.

 

Twenty-three staff members and 20 parents completed the survey.

 

The CHS council will meet again on Thursday, June 15, at 3:30 p.m. at CHS to conduct candidate interviews. The meeting will be called to order and then closed for those interviews.

 

Council members said they plan to announce the new CHS principal during a special meeting on Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m.

 

Current CHS SBDM members are Principal Kirby Smith, teachers Dale Estes, Tyler Hardy and Dee Doss and parents Theresa Young and Cathy McMahan.

 

All SBDM meetings are open to the public.





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