Next JCPS superintendent will support student assignment plan, says chair

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - This round of interviews to find the next head Jefferson County Public Schools is over. The Jefferson County Board of Education and search committee interviewed the last two of five applicants Friday morning and will announce the finalists names on Wednesday. They will also name the interim superintendent if there needs to be one. None of those applicants are applying for the full-time position.

The interviews were closed to the public, but Board Chair Steve Imhoff says they talked about student achievement, management, and how this candidate will work with the board, staff, and community.

WAVE 3 asked if serious contenders had to agree with the student assignment plan or if candidates can come in with suggestions to change it.

"No, there are no suggestions to change our plan," said Imhoff. "Our board, all seven of us, are always firm on that we need to have diversity in our schools. We're not hiring somebody to tell us something different on that score."

Brent McKim, head of the Jefferson County Teachers Association is on the search committee. He says he doesn't know if the new superintendent was in that room.

"I think the process is working like it's designed to," McKim said. "We're giving our input to the school board."

Imhoff says he is pleased with the candidates.

"I think we have our next superintendent in these five people," said Imhoff.

Meanwhile Dr. Sheldon Berman was at a press conference at Valley High School, which is getting federal funding for an expansion. The board voted not to renew his contract, but he says he hopes he left a good legacy in Louisville.

Berman's contract ends July 1st.

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