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After interviewing seven applicants for the Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services position, Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith announced Wednesday that he has selected Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser to fill the position.
"After much prayerful consideration I am glad to announce that Mrs. Taylora Schlosser will be the district's new Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services," Smith said in a written statement. "We had some exemplary candidates and this decision was not taken lightly."
According to Smith, Schlosser's experience in all grade levels will be an asset to the position and to the district.
"With her experience at all grade levels Mrs. Schlosser brings a wealth of instructional knowledge to this position..." Smith wrote. "She is familiar with the needs and goals of our district and is committed to the success of our schools and community. Mrs. Schlosser will be a great asset to our leadership team and she is excited to further her knowledge, in a different capacity, for the continuous academic advancement of our students."
Schlosser's new position, while having a new job title, does not mean the school district is adding an additional employee to its staff. Actually, Schlosser will be replacing Lynne Keen, former supervisor of secondary education, who retired last month.
Schlosser said she is excited about her new position, but will miss being principal at the high school. She will especially miss the day-to-day interaction with the students and teachers, she said.
"I really have enjoyed all the time and the work and energy that I've spent at the high school," Schlosser said. "I think we have outstanding staff and great students and parents."
In her new role, she hopes to help move the district forward.
"I want to focus on curriculum and assessment and instruction," she said. "I want to make sure all the kids in the district are ready to transition from one school to the next and ultimately be college and career ready. That's what all our kids are going to need to be successful when they leave the high school."
Marion County High School must now begin its search for a new principal. According to KRS 160.345 (2)(h), there are several steps that must be taken before a principal can be selected. First, the superintendent must declare a principal vacancy and post the vacancy for 30 days. In the meantime, he must meet with the school council (in open session) to discuss several items of business related to the screening and hiring process. The council must also participate in principal selection training before beginning the interviewing process. Interviewing and evaluating the candidates is done in closed session, as well as discussing the candidates with the superintendent. It is legally required, however, that the council select the principal.
During a special called meeting of the Marion County Board of Education Monday of last week:
• The board approved a revised 2010-11 school calendar to include two additional student attendance days on Friday, Aug. 6 and Monday, Aug. 9, as recommended by the Kentucky Department of Education.
• Superintendent Smith introduced Scott Spalding as the new transportation/maintenance director for the school district, effective July 1. Before being hired in his new position, Spalding was the director of the 21st Century Community Learning Center.
• Smith announced that additional Section 7 requests will be discussed at the July 13 board meeting at 7 p.m. at the Marion County Board of Education office.
• Smith said during the July 13 board meeting there would also be discussion and clarification of middle school boundary lines.
- The board approved Roger D. Barnett as a financial consultant/financial analyst for the 2010-11 school year for up to 25 days, effective July 1.
• The board declared several pieces of computer equipment salvage property. The equipment will be available for purchase. Bids must be received by 11 a.m., Friday, July 23. The following pieces of computer equipment are available:
Item Quantity IBM 8143 Computers 2 IBM 6825 Computers 1 IBM 8187 Computers 43 IBM 8305 Computers 7 IBM 8183 Computers 22 IBM 8307 Computers 8 IBM 8665 Servers 3 IBM 17-inch Monitors 80 HP 1403 Computer 1
HP 2200 Computers 31