04RS SB226


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SB 226 (BR 1737) - L. Casebier

     AN ACT relating to selection of school personnel.
     Amend KRS 160.345 to clarify language relating to the selection of school personnel, including the principal; provide that the superintendent shall provide additional applicants upon request when qualified applicants are available for positions other than the principal; provide that upon request by the council, the superintendent may provide additional applicants for the position of principal, but the school council shall not select an applicant who does not have the recommendation of the superintendent; provide that the superintendent shall select the principal when a vacancy exists in a school that has not reduced the percentage of novice readers below ten percent; provide clarifying subheadings.


     SCS - Create a new section of KRS Chapter 160 to outline the procedures and roles to be assumed by school superintendents and school-based decision making councils; retain current statutory procedures relating to the selection of school personnel other than a school principal; define qualified applicants; retain the requirement that council members receive training before selecting a principal; require in an open meeting that the superintendent and council discuss procedures to be used in the selection and to agree to criteria for the principal; prohibit someone who was demoted or terminated by the superintendent as eligible for the principal's position; specify procedures for appointing an interim; prohibit a candidate that had been rejected by the council from being appointed as interim; require a review of current minority and gender composition of the personnel in the school before any personnel appointments are made; provide that the council and superintendent agree on the appointment of a person as principal; provide that a scholastic audit team of a school that failed to meet its goal may recommend to the commissioner of education that the authority for hiring the principal be temporarily transferred to the superintendent; amend KRS 160.345 to provide clarifying subheadings; delete personnel language that is proposed in the new section of KRS Chapter 160; add requirement for a school council to establish procedures for selection of a principal; make technical changes to conform.

     SFA (1, B. Guthrie) - Delete provision that the authority to select a principal may be transferred temporarily from the school council to the school superintendent in those schools that have had a school audit and the audit team recommends the transfer and the commissioner of education concurs.

     Feb 24-introduced in Senate
     Feb 25-to Education (S)
     Mar 4-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 5-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 8-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 9-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Wednesday, March 10, 2004
     Mar 10-3rd reading, passed 22-14 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Mar 11-received in House
     Mar 15-to Education (H)
     Mar 16-posted in committee

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