PINEVILLE — The Bell County Board of Education and the Superintendent Search Committee met for a special called session Thursday night at the Bell County Board of Education Building in Pineville.
The meeting was called to order by board chairman Kenneth Sams. A moment of silence was called for followed by the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States. The chairman then called the meeting into executive session to discuss candidates for the superintendent’s position. No action was taken, but it was announced that a list of final candidates would be released on Friday.
A press releases was issued on Friday from the Superintendent Search Services with the Kentucky School Boards Association naming three of the four final candidates, as one candidate requested to not be identified. The three candidates named in the release are: former Bell County Superintendent Yvonne Gilliam; David Murray, currently principal at Paces Creek Elementary School in Clay County, Ky.; and current Bell County Superintendent George Thompson.
The board will interview the candidates on April 23 and 24. The board considers these interviews to be the first round. All interviews will be take place in closed session in compliance with Kentucky law.
There were originally ten applicants for the position. The screening committee, which was composed of two teachers, one board member, one principal, one parent, and one classified employee, met over the course of March in an attempt to narrow the field down to no more than five recommendations.
This screening committee narrowed the field using interviews and criteria that was established by the board.
The board is responsible for interviewing the candidates as they see fit and will determine the future contract stipulations for the superintendent.