June 03, 2020
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Portland superintendent leaving for Kentucky schools

Seth Koenig | BDN
Seth Koenig | BDN
Emmanuel Caulk

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Superintendent of Schools Emmanuel Caulk will leave Maine to become superintendent of the Fayette County Public Schools in Kentucky.

The Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader reported that the school board there voted unanimously to hire Caulk, who has led the Portland school system since 2012.

Caulk was offered a contract through June 30, 2019, with a starting salary of $240,000.

Sarah Thompson, chairwoman of the Portland Board of Public Education, said in a release Monday that Caulk’s departure date would be determined in negotiation with the school board, which will meet in executive session on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of appointing an interim superintendent and launching a search process for a permanent replacement.

“The board will set a timeline for a superintendent search,” Thompson said in a release. “But there is no need to rush. It is my belief that the best course would be for the board to appoint an interim superintendent for a year, during which time we would launch a national search for a new superintendent. That would give us the time to do a comprehensive search and find the best candidate for the job.”

Thompson described Caulk as “a transformational superintendent.”

In November, the school board extended Caulk’s contract until June 2019. The contract includes a provision that Caulk give the board six months notice before resigning, but Thompson said she does not think the board is likely to hold him to that.

Caulk has family ties to Kentucky, she wrote. After getting married earlier this month, he said in the statement, “My wife and I are looking forward to making Lexington our new home.”


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