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Bath KyN0000Group The News-Outlook is now published on Thursday (USPS 045260) 5O EACH NEWSPAPERs 43p 5450 k ST 98584-2263 **COo5 ## 127th Year--Edition 49 P.O. Box 577,  k i KY 40360 Ph.: 606-674-9994 July05,2012 Making sense of the superintendent search By Cecil lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com W'gh the recent resigna- tion of Nancy Hutchinson as Bath County School Super- intendent, the school board is now charged with the re- sponsility of finding a re- placement for the position. The process is a bit more complicated than simp ad- vertising for a job opening. There are very strict requiremems for those who apply for the super- intendenfs position, and the process of selecting a superintendent is compli- cated by loth state law and bY upcoming school board elections. The Screening Com- mittee statute, once a school board has determined that there is a vacancy in the superin- tendenfs position, the board has 30 days to establish a screening committee. Nancy Hutchinson sub- mitred her resignalion to the school board on Mon- day, June 18, and the school board met in special session the fonowing day to accept the resignation and begin the.search process, which included sending out public notices about the screening committee and advertising the superintendenfs va- cancy. The school board has until July 19 to establish the screening committee. The screening committee will look at superintemtent applications and makerec- ommendations to the hitmrd. school board is not bound by these recommendations and only has to "consider" them before maldng their derision about the superin- tendent. Interim Superintendent Steve Meadows released this statement last Wednes- I'he Bath County Board of Education has begun the process of selecting a new superintendent: The Board has elected to direct and manage the selection pro- In accordance with KRS 160.352, the first step in this process is the establishment of a screening committee, which is to be comprised of representatives from vari- ous stakeholder groups, as follows: - TWo teachers, elected by According to Kentucky State law says that the teachers in the aic Park and Rec Board show off new garage at sports complex By Cecil Lawson KyNewsGroup cecil@kynewsgroup.com The Owingsve/Bath County Parks and Recre- ation Board held its annual meeting last Wednesday evening at the Bath County Sports Complex. This year, board members showcased a new garage for  of the 2012,13 bud- and maintenance: i get, discussion of the park's ment (above). P:and : new sign and a $i000 grant Rec Chair Kenny Williams through KeIlyWiJson to help presented Bobby Carpen- withlandscaping aroundthe ter a plaque honoring his sign, tentative scheduling of six years of service OJ . :Community Day for August board. Board membem ':25 or September 8, and dis- conducted their monthly cussion of possible items to business meeg in the purchase with grant money new garage. I-lights of for grounds improvement. the meeting included ap- Bald eagle nests on Cave Run Lake Four young eaglets will soon take flight from two separate nests on Cave Run Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Bald eagles have nested at Cave Run since 2004. This year's clutch brings the total to nearly 20 eaglets success- fully reared at the lake. "We have an established protection zone around the nests to reduce distur- bance for the eagles," stated Ranger Dave Manner. "Our me visors have been very respectful about avoiding the protection zone, which keeps the eagles returning here to nest year after year." Visitors to Cave Run Lake will notice buoy lines along the shoreline directly across from the Twin Knobs beach area. The area behind the buoys, along with the adja- cent land, is off limits to hu- man activity. Forest Service volunteer Lewis Komman has been keeping a watclfful eye on the eagle nests since early March. q3oth nests occur on the Bath County side of the make, but I set up a spoUing scope across the me on the Rowan County side to moni- tor nesting activities," said Komman. Wor a number of years there was just one nest, Photo courtesy of photography.tcs.not across from the beach. That nest blew down sev- eral years ago and another nest was but nearby. In file meantime, a second pair built a nest further down the make but along the same shoreline." The primary food source for bald eagles is fish, so their ideal habitat is large makes and rivers. W'h their keen eyesight, eagles can read spot fish swimming near the water's surface. In one swift swoop, the eagles use their talons to take their catch from the water. They can lift fish up to four pounds. Bald eagles build their nests in large bees near open shorelines. When nest- ing, the male and female share parenting duties by taking turns sitting on the nest-during incubation and feeding the young once they are hatched. Once bald eagles are paired as breeding mates, they remain together for life. They reach reproductive at four or five years of age. Bald eagles are common- ly seen during the winter months wound Cave Run After years of illegal hunt- ing, habitat loss and agricub tmal pestidde poisoning, the bald eagle was added to the endangered species list in 1972. Under this protec- tion, their numbers gradu- ally began to increase. The bald eagle was removed from the endangered Sl cies list in 2007. Eagles remain protected under the Lacey Act, Migra- tory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Pro- tection Act. According to Konuna the young bald eagles will likely leave their nests and begin soaring over Cave Run Lake any day now. "Just a few days ago, I drove to Twin Knobs and watched one of the nests across the make. No adults were present, but one of the young clumsay flew out of the nest into another nearby tree. The other was perched out on a limb away from the nest but in the same tree," said Kornm_a Only two other makes in eastern Kentucky have relmxhcing bald eagles- Laurel River Lake in Laurel and Whitley County and Yatesw Lake in Lawrence Lake and the,blinor Clark County.The mrity ofbald FmhHatchery. Mostretuml eagle nests are found in to their northern breeding western Kentucky at Land grounds by early spring. Between the Lakes. - One Board member, ap- pointed by the board chair- man; - One prindpal, elected by the prindpals in the disVict; - One parent, elected by the presidents of the parent- teacher organization of the schools in the disict; and - One classified employee, elected by the classified em- ployees in the dislrict The Board has set a date for final screening commit- tee membership as July 6, 2012. The Board Chair- man has appointed Teresa Caudill, Central Office Ad- ministrator, to collect nomi- nations, create ballots, tally results, and submit names of committee members to the board on July 6, 20127 Board members had o "nginally created the July 6 deadline for submitting candidates to serve on the screening committee, but Meadows said in a later statement that concerns over voting on candidates and looming deadlines might require an upcoming special called meeting of the school board to resolve these issues. Upcoming school board elections The selection of the su- perintendent is complicated this year because elections for three school board posi- tions are going to be held in November. The current seats held by B./k Franklin, Lisa McFar- land, and Bill Boyd are up Hold a valid state- ment of eligibility for a Ken- tucky teaching certificate; Completed the preparation program on the basis of criteria developed by the teacher education institution (again, as estab lished in KAR); Hold a masters de- gree; Completed Levels I and II preparation and cer- tification for the position of school principal, or supervi- sor of instruction. - These qualifications also note that candidates who completed preparation for prindpal prior to 1988 must have completed at least three (3)years of full-time teaching experience, inchd- ing at least 140 days per year Once he or she has as- sumed the superintendents position, the individual must complete a training program and assessment center pro- cess within One year. Also, the individnal must establish residency within Kentucky. Anyone selected to be- come a superintendent may not serve as director or of- ricer of any fmandal institu- tional that holds the schools funds on deposit. F'mally, any superinten- dent appointed must submit to a criminal background check. Appointing a superin- tendent Once school board mem- bers consider the recorrv tbJs f'rdingAcco ....  of the screening to the Bath 0mmitibe_ flaey may make County Clerk's Office, the deadline for filing for this election is August 14, and so far, only two candidates have filed to run: Bill Boyd, and Brandon Green, who is run- ning in McFadand's district. If there is still a vacancy for the superintendent's po- sition following the Novem- ber election, state law says that the position cannot be filled until board members assume office in January. Supe "nntendent qualili- cations Finally, not just anyone can become a superinten- dent, State law requires that anyone chosen as super- inndent must have and maintain superintendent certification from the Ken- tucky Educational Profes- sional Standards Board (KEPSB). According to the board's website, the KEPSB "is re- sponsle for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administmtors. Staff works closely with local school dis- Victs in the hiring process to ensure a properly cre- dentialed educator in every professional position in Ken- tucky schools" The KEPSB issues five year certificates for superirv tendent for individuals who meet the following qualifica- tions: Complete an ap- proved program of prepara- tion Have the appropri- ate requirements for certi- fication (as established by Kentucky Administrative Regulations (KAR)); and Have at least two (2) years of experience in a position of school prindpal, supervisor of' resection, guidance counselor, direc- tor of pupil personnel, di- rector of special education, school business administra- tor, local district coordinator of vocational education, or a coordinator, administra- tor, or supervisor of dislrict- wide services. Other admin- isWative experience may be substituted for this require- ment with the approval of the Education Professional Standards Board. an appoinlment from the ap- plicants. Under state law, a super- intendent may be hired for no more than four years at a time, and the term of office under normal circumstanc- es begins on July 1. If a vacancy occurs before a term has expired, then the term will end on the date the vacancy occurred. Nancy Hutchinson's term was set to end on June 30, 2013. As noted above, she resigned on Jun e 18 of this year, so her own term ended on that date. State hw also allows .an acting or interim superin- tendent to be appointed by the school board while a screening committee is re- viewing applications or in the period of time between November elections and the following January when board members take office. This interim superintendent may serve for a period of no more than six months. At the end of that period, the board is allowed to renew the interim's term for up to three more months. Steve Meadows was ap- pointed as interim superin- tendent on June 19, and he may stay in that position un- til around December 19. When board members ap- point a new superintendent during an unexpired term (as if the case in Bath Coun- ty now), hw requires them to make the appointment so that the term will end on June 30. F'mally, state hw requires that the board set the salary of a superintendent to be paid in regular installments. The Timeline Based on state law and the current superintendent vacancy, the school board has to take in consideration the following dates in order to make decisions surround- ing the hiring of a new su- perintendent July 19 - a screening com- mittee must be in place to review applications for the superintendenfs position August 9 - first day for students for the 2012-2013 August 14 - deadline for candidates running for school board in the Novem- ber election November 6 - elections held for three school board positions; from this date until January 22, 2013, no superintendent may be ap- pointed. December 19- Interim Supt. Steve Meadows six month term expires; school board members may hire him for up to three more months January 22, 2013 - first school board meeting of the new year;, school board members are traditionally sworn in; after this date, a superintendent may be ap- pointed. March 19, 2012 - end of the interim superintendenfs three term As the Bath County News Outlook went to press, no further announcements have been made regarding the superintendent search process, but we will follow developments as they occur. I Are you tired of your money only earning I/4%, I/2%, 3/4%, or 1%!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUY GOLD OR SIL'VER Gold projected to go $5,O00.00 an ounce bu 2015. Silver projects to triple in pdce bu 2013 Need help moving uour 401 k, IRA, or Rothllll Call the Gates Insurance team at (606)683-2104