At an Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education luncheon Thursday, board members approved a contract for a superintendent search consultant to help fill Nick Brake’s position when he leaves at the end of the year.
The $6,000 contract with Kentucky School Boards Association was unanimously approved by all board members.
KSBA has conducted 150 of superintendent searches and employs three consultants statewide.
Quin Sutton, a retired educator and former superintendent of Lyon County and McCracken counties, will be the consultant assigned to OPS.
“I will work step-by-step with you as a board to make sure you get the right candidate,” Sutton told the OPS board at Thursday’s luncheon.
Sutton said while it is the district’s responsibility to hire the next superintendent, he will make sure the process is done correctly.
Sutton set the first meeting with the board to begin the search process after the luncheon ended. Criteria for the next superintendent will be established and a timeline for a hire date will be set at that meeting.
Sutton said he will then work with the identified search committee to make an ultimate recommendation to the board.
The board will name current Chief Academic Officer Matthew Constant as the interim superintendent effective Jan. 1, 2020, to serve for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year while a search for a permanent replacement for Brake is conducted.