Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Change at Prichard Helm

This from Prich:

Veteran educator named chair of
Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
Veteran educator and community leader Hilma Prather of Somerset is the new chair of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Prather, a retired principal from the Somerset Independent School System, is a member of the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television (KET’s governing board) and has been a member of the Kentucky Board of Education, the advisory board of Somerset Community and Technical College and the Council on Postsecondary Education.

Prather, a member of the Prichard Committee since 2006, succeeds Louisville businessman Sam Corbett, who stepped down as chair with his application for the position of superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.
Meanwhile in The Ville...from C-J:

28 applied to be next JCPS superintendent

Twenty-eight people from across the country have applied to become the next superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.

Tom Jacobson, owner and CEO of McPherson & Jacobson LLC in Omaha, Neb., said the list includes applicants from Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Georgia, New York, Michigan, Iowa and North Carolina.

“We are very pleased with the applications — it's a very strong slate of candidates,” Jacobson said. “Some of the applicants were people we specifically recruited for this job, others applied independently.”...

[T]he school board will not release the names of any applicants until June 1 – the day they plan on announcing finalists for the job.

However, Sam Corbett, a local businessman and former Jefferson County Board of Education member, confirmed Wednesday that he is among those who have applied.

Corbett, 55, was a school board member from 1992 to 1998, representing District 3 in northeastern Jefferson County. He now serves as chairman of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

He said Wednesday he applied for the position because he wants to improve the education system.

“I've been involved with elementary and secondary education for 20 years now and I am convinced this is a great opportunity to make educational excellence a reality in Jefferson County,” he said. “That's a goal all of us in Jefferson County should have and I am excited to be part of this process.”

Corbett, who is co-owner of Sam Meyers Formal Wear, does not have an education background, other than his service as a school board member and member of the Prichard Committee. He was a member of the school board when Stephen Daeschner was hired as superintendent in 1993. Daeschner was superintendent of JCPS for 14 years before being replaced by Berman in 2007.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

May I ask what exactly the Prichard Committee does, how much influence they have? Many FCPS teachers fear that Stu Silberman will be the puppet master behind the scenes, still pulling strings here in Lexington. Is there any validity to those concerns? Thanks