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Search underway for high school principal; questionnaire seeks input from stakeholders

Although the start of the next school year is still several weeks away, the search for a new principal at Butler County High School is ramping up.  Current Principal Michael Gruber is retiring effective June 30.

The school’s Site-Based Decision Making Council (SBDM), which is made up of teachers and parents, met Tuesday night, May 20, for required training for its principal selection process.  Butler County Schools Assistant Superintendent Robert Tuck, who has been hired as the new superintendent and will take over July 1, serves as the chairperson of the SBDM during the principal selection process.  The training was conducted by a representative from the Kentucky Association of School Councils.  

According to Mr. Tuck, last night’s meeting focused on developing a questionnaire for stakeholders (parents, students, community members), establishing criteria for prospective candidates, and setting a timeline for a new principal to be in place.  June 15 (or before) is the target date.

The stakeholder questionnaire/survey can be accessed at the link below:

The survey will close on May 26.  The SBDM will meet again on May 27 to start looking at candidate applications.  

According to Kentucky law, school principals are hired by a majority vote of all SBDM Council members and the superintendent-designee.  

Full legal requirements for principal selection can been accessed at the link below:  

Legal Requirements for Principal Selection.pdf

Members of the BCHS SBDM Council are Carissa Poston, Dennis Robbins, Catron Burdette, Ruthie Minton, Chris Burden, and Joseph Henderson.  Ruth Coots was unable to attend the required training and will not be able to participate in the principal selection process.  


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