LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education (JCBE) received nine applications from candidates interested in serving as the superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District after an open application process ended on Dec. 1.

The Superintendent Screening Committee, whose role is to provide recommendations to the board, will meet Dec. 8 to start reviewing candidate applications. The board will begin their review of applications during its executive session scheduled on Dec. 12.

The recommendations of the screening committee will be one source of information the board will use in selecting the new superintendent. In addition, the board will consider community perspectives following extensive public outreach over the next two months.

The board will seek input from multiple district stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, principals, and other district administrators and employees, as well as community organizations and groups. The input will be taken through multiple methods of community outreach, including surveys, community meetings, focus groups, social media, and the district’s website. The board contracted Louisville public relations firm Bandy Carroll Hellige to manage the outreach, and more details about different opportunities for public feedback will be announced in the coming weeks.

The board expects the reviewing process to take place through December and January and that the finalists for the superintendent position will be interviewed in February with the goal of the selected candidate starting work by April. These dates are not a fixed timeline.