Superintendents Could Choose School Principals

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- – The Kentucky Senate wants to change how public school principals are hired.

Currently, each school's site based council selects the principal. Under a bill approved Tuesday, the council would choose from a list of three names. If no decision is made within three weeks, the school superintendent would have the final say.

Russell Springs Senator Vernie MaGaha believes the superintendent should play a role in the hiring process.

"He is the CEO of the district but he [currently] has no control over the people who are hired out in those schools to implement educational policy."

The school principal selection provision was attached to a House bill that designates the last Wednesday in August as Kentucky Literacy Day.' The Senate approved the amended bill by a 19 to 14 vote. It now goes back to the House.