Tuesday, February 20, 2001

Covington school board reviews list for a leader

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — School board members were tight-lipped Monday night after their first meeting to discuss candidates for Covington Independent Schools' superintendent.

        The five-member board began reviewing the six applicants for the job. One of them is interim Superintendent Jack Moreland.

        No decisions were made, and board Chairman Mike Fitzgerald is meeting today with the district's attorney to discuss the board's next steps.

        Board members declined to comment, referring questions to Mr. Fitzgerald, who did not return phone calls.

        Board members have said they do not know how long it will take before a decision is reached.

        The board has not released the names of the candidates. Mr. Moreland announced his candidacy in December. Four, including Mr. Moreland, are from Kentucky and two are from Ohio.

        Former Superintendent James Kemp resigned last summer. Mr. Moreland, considered the front-runner in the search, has been leading the district since July.

        The board began searching for a superintendent in late December. It decided to look within Kentucky for someone with experience as a superintendent or assistant superintendent, knowledge of the Kentucky Education Reform Act and experience in urban schools.


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