Jefferson County Public Schools have received nine applications for superintendent, the district said Monday morning.

Until Tuesday morning, the district had had only two applications, though a board member told Insider that at least two local school officials —Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio and Chief Operations Officer Michael Raisor — planned to apply, and that the district would be in good hands with either of them.

Frank Mellen, the district’s general counsel and a partner with Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, had told the board last week that more than 16 additional people had expressed interest in the job.

Elizabeth H. Friedman, a paralegal with the law firm, told Insider Monday morning that the district has received nine applications. JCPS confirmed the information a short while later.

The district said in a press release that the Superintendent Screening Committee will meet Friday to begin reviewing the applications, while the board will begin its review on Dec. 12.

The deadline for applicants was Friday. The district is looking for a permanent replacement for Donna Hargens, who resigned in July. JCPS leaders have said they expect to seek input from stakeholders in the next few months and hope to fill the position by April.

This story has been updated.

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Boris Ladwig is a reporter with more than 20 years of experience and has won awards from multiple journalism organizations in Indiana and Kentucky for feature series, news, First Amendment/community affairs, nondeadline news, criminal justice, business and investigative reporting. As part of The (Columbus, Indiana) Republic’s staff, he also won the Kent Cooper award, the top honor given by the Associated Press Managing Editors for the best overall news writing in the state. A graduate of Indiana State University, he is a soccer aficionado (Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln), singer and travel enthusiast who has visited countries on five continents. He speaks fluent German, rudimentary French and bits of Spanish, Italian, Khmer and Mandarin.


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