Community has mixed feelings about Dr. Daeschner's possible return to Kentuckiana


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:55 PM

(WHAS11) - The Greater Clark County School District could soon have a new Superintendent, but he may not be new to Kentuckiana.

Tuesday night, Stephen Daeschner, former Superintendent of the Jefferson County Public School District was back in the area talking about why he wants to work in Clark County.

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But not everyone is excited about the return of Stephen Daeschner.

It seems to be specifically teachers who are concerned about the possibility of Dr. Daeschner taking over as Superintendent, particularly because of the reputation he generated as Superintendent in the JCPS District.

For 14 years, Dr. Stephen Daeschner was the Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools.

In 2007, the school board voted to not renew his contact.

Dr. Daeschner took a job in Aurora, Illinois.

Now he's a top candidate to be Superintendent at Greater Clark County Schools.

Tuesday, he talked to teachers, parents, students and the community about why he wants to come back to the area.

Some are excited about the possibility of Dr. Daeschner's return to Kentuckiana.

"He is a class act. He is what this school corporation needs. The school board had the vision to go out and get someone that would make a big difference and his sole emphasis is on the kids," says Jeffersonville Mayor, Tom Galligan.

Other people are concerned about Daeschner's return.

"I think you'd be hard pressed to find very many people who have very much good to say about him," says one person.

"I'm concerned because I'm not so sure that he is good for our school system and I think it would just be a travesty if he became the Superintendent of Clark," says another.

Dr. Daeschner admits he's surrounded by controversy, but says that just comes with the job.

"I am what I am. There's no place I've ever been where people don't have a different view or what should or should not happen. But the way, I've never seen a politician that didn't have that; I've never seen a Superintendent that had all the answers. It's a part of our nature to listen, to look and we're going to get that," says Dr. Daeschner.

The school board is still in negotiations with Daeschner at this time.

They tell WHAS11 News they hope to have a Superintendent officially named by June.