The five candidates scheduled for interviews to be conducted on November 20-21, at Jenny Wiley State Park, May Lodge, are:
Dr. Susan E. Compton
Dr. James A. Kemp
Jeffery D. May
Jerry L. Meade
Henry L. Webb Jr.
All five candidates are from the state of Kentucky.
Dr. Susan E. Compton currently serves as superintendent for the Russell Independent Board of Education, a position she has held since 2005. Prior, she served in several capacities with the Floyd County school system as a principal, director of federal programs, and director of instruction. She also served as assistant superintendent for the Woodford County Board of Education from 2000-2005. She is a native of Floyd County.
Dr. James A. Kemp has served as Webster County Board of Education's superintendent since 2002. Experienced in both urban and rural communities, as well as with both state and district level administrative assignments, he has 20 years total experience in the position of superintendent in nine Kentucky school districts.
Jeffery D. May, currently serving as Lawrence County Schools superintendent, has held that position since 2003. Prior, he served as a consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education and as director of transportation, buildings, personnel, vocational education and pupil personnel for Jenkins Independent Schools.
Jerry L. Meade has held the position of district achievement gap coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Education since 2005. He has served in the Pike County school district in a number of capacities since 1989, including as instructional supervisor for the district and in the capacity of principal for both Shelby Valley High School and Robinson Creek Elementary School.
Henry L. Webb Jr., also a Floyd County native, has served in many roles within the Floyd County school system from 1996. Among which are: teacher of the visually impaired; physical education teacher; social studies teacher; assistant principal; interim principal; principal, and currently, as director of instruction for the district. He has also served as adjunct professor at Morehead State University.
Compton, May, Meade, and Webb will be interviewed by the members of the Floyd County Board of Education on Tuesday, November 20; Kemp will be interviewed on Wednesday, November 21.
The interviews will be conducted in closed session, in compliance with Kentucky law.
“These interviews will be the first round,” said board chair, Jeff Stumbo. “The board could still decide later to interview more candidates.”
Earlier, board members agreed on an objective to attempt to have a new superintendent named by December 1.
Members of the superintendent search committee include Jeff Stumbo, Bernard Shayne Wicker, Keith Smallwood, Zenith Hall, Spencer Dale Hamilton and Stevie Roberts.