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No timetable for new Lexington superintendent

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LEXINGTON — Lexington school board members haven't decided how soon they'll hire a successor to Superintendent Curt Nettles.

“Mr. Nettles presented the options the board has, (but) the board has not come to conclusions,” President Bruce Klein said Monday. “I’m going to wait until we have a public conversation about what we want to do.”

Nettles accepted the superintendent job at Clinton schools effective July 1.

Klein said it's too early to comment on how the board will replace him or what they're looking for in their next leader.

“There are several options that aren’t ‘immediately doing a superintendent search,’” Klein said. “We want to make sure we move in a direction that continues to provide the fantastic education that kids in the Lexington area have had.”

Nettles said "we will know more next month." The board meets again Jan. 15.

Nettles, who will have spent eight years in his job when he leaves, said he will "look forward to a new challenge in my career."

"Clinton is a much larger district with many layers and opportunities for students with a different set of resources," he said.

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Nettles will receive a yearly salary increase from $127,000 to $137,500.

“When we hired Mr. Nettles, we knew he was of the quality that he was probably not going to retire in Lexington. ... The transition will be work for us, but it was going to happen someday,” Klein said. "I’m happy that the right opportunity for him and his family has come.”

Klein said Nettles led the district "through a building renovation project that has given us a good long-term facilities” and the introduction of the Common Core standards.

"I am happy that we could improve upon and provide a good system for technology and tools for instruction in technology," Nettles said. "I'm proud that we could sustain the great programs and achievement that was here prior to my coming."

Follow Derek Beigh on Twitter: @pg_beigh

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