School board chairman Barry Cornelius (right) introduces Marvin Welch.
The name of the only candidate in the running to become the next Superintendent of the Christian County public school system was released this morning—only 13 and a half hours before he could be formally hired.
In the interest of keeping the identity private, no one outside of school board members and superintendent search committee members would admit to having knowledge of the candidate’s identity prior to breakfast at the Hopkinsville-Christian County Chamber of Commerce, where Madison County Assistant Superintendent and Chief Operations Officer Marvin Welch was introduced to community leaders.
Welch has been serving in his current capacities at the central office in Richmond for two years, with 10 years of prior experience in Greenup County as an Assistant Superintendent and principal and principal experience in Montgomery County.
He says Christian and Madison Counties have several traits in common.
Welch says Christian County is more diverse than Madison County, but he feels he’s equipped to help students of all backgrounds succeed and help this area continue to overcome the “achievement gap.”
Around 35 leaders in the community attended the meeting, where Welch answered tough and sometimes lengthy questions for over an hour. He then conducted no fewer than three media interviews following that session. He will continue his busy day with interviews, a public forum at 4pm at Christian County High School’s cafeteria and the final school board meeting tonight at 8:30 when he could be hired to replace Brady Link as soon as July 1st. Welch was also recently a finalist for the Superintendent position in Adair County.