LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In an unexpected move, Dr. Sheldon Berman has asked that the Jefferson County School Board not vote on retaining him as superintendent. Berman made the request shortly before the board, who decided in November 2010 not to renew his contract which expires in June 2011, was to meet to discuss extending it.
"It's the best I can do and I've given it what I could and given it my best, but it's time to move on and get the board to move on," said Berman, who asked that it be taken off of the agenda.
Board member Linda Duncan worked to get Berman back. The superintendent acknowledged that he was grateful for Duncan's efforts, but knew he needed support from the entire board. Although the agenda item was pulled, that didn't stop some from speaking out in support.
"Dr Sheldon Berman is our superintendent of our public schools," said one supporter. "He has been hired to work for us."
"You haven't given him enough time to do his job," said another supporter. "Three years is not adequate for a man to do his job on the magnitude of this school system."
Numerous agencies have spoken out in support of Berman including the Jefferson County Teacher's Association, NAACO of Louisville and GLI.
"There's a lot of people who appreciated the work we're doing and I think that's an acknowledgement of the strong foundation we built," said Berman.
During the meeting, the board unanimously picked a search firm to look for the next JCPS superintendent, voting to hire McPherson and Jacobson, a consultant firm out of Nebraska.
Dr. Berman says he is looking for a new superintendent position, but did not want to say how far he was along in the search.