UCS Superintendent Finalist For Job in Kentucky

UCS Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns has been chosen as a finalist for the superintendent position in Louisville, KY.

Utica Community Schools may soon be looking for a new superintendent.

Dr. Christine Johns is one of two finalists for the superintendent post at the nation’s 28th-largest school district, Jefferson County Public Schools, in Louisville KY.

According to DNJ.com, the Jefferson County School Board announced Wednesday after a four-hour private meeting that either long-time educators Johns or Donna Hargens of North Carolina will replace Superintendent Sheldon Berman, whose contract expires June 30.

“It’s a unique opportunity for her (Johns),” said UCS representative Tim McAvoy, who added that it’s not unusual for search firms to approach candidates they believe would be a good fit for an open position.

Both Johns and Hargens have said they would like to be in place before the Jefferson County Public School year begins on Aug. 15.

McAvoy said UCS has not started looking for a replacement until it knows for sure Johns got the job at Jefferson County Public Schools.  

If Johns is hired, the UCS School Board would begin the superintendent search process. In 2010, Johns made $190,250 as the UCS Superintendent.

Johns, 45, and Hargens, 53, were chosen from a list of 28 applicants.

Johns, a Pennsylvania native, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. While at Harvard University, she received her doctorate in administration, planning and social policy from the Urban Superintendents Program.

Before coming to UCS in 2005, Johns served as a deputy superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland, a district of about 108,000 students, DNJ.com reported.

Cindy June 03, 2011 at 11:48 AM
I say good riddance!! She was never a good fit here. All she cares about was socializing with people with money. She would go into the schools and my kids would tell me "she doesn't even like kids". KY..,.you can have her!!
Lynette Roy June 03, 2011 at 01:05 PM
She has been a wonderful addition to UCS -- if she leaves we will surely miss her!
Concerned UCS Parent June 03, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Sad to say Dr. Johns never quite understood Macomb County. The drive to push AP classes has diluted the rigor of the courses for those up to the challege, and left average and below average students in the dust. Parents and students alike are tired of hearing about "AP " at every school function , be it a band festival, sporting event, or meeting. UCS's motto of every child achieving needs to be approached differently. Hopefully this will signal a new era for UCS if she departs.
kstarks June 06, 2011 at 12:09 PM
I'm a reporter in Louisville looking for some background on Dr. Johns. She will be speaking at a public forum here today. If you are interested to share some inside scoop with us so we can be a little more educated on this candidate, please give me a call at 502-582-7235. Kelsey Starks, WHAS11 News -- Louisville. thanks!
UCS Watchdog June 07, 2011 at 02:04 PM
It will be a wonderful day when Dr. Johns departs UCS. She has destroyed morale with her heavy-handed and overbearing management style, taken the curiculum in a direction that isolated too many students, made poor and irresponsible financial choices, and chased off a lot of talented UCS lifers who couldnt stand working for her anymore.


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