KSBA welcomes Class of 2012: more than 30 superintendents starting their first full year in new district leadership posts

The start of the 2012-13 fiscal year marks one of the largest crops of new and/or first full-year superintendents in Kentucky school systems since the early years after passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990.

As of today, 34 districts will have chief executive officers who are different than those who occupied district central offices a year ago. There have been only two other years since 1990 in which the state’s public education system has seen this much turnover at the top locally.

Some of the incoming leaders are interim superintendents, in which their boards completed search process. With six searches in the works, there are more changes in district leadership to come this year.

Here are Kentucky’s new superintendents, including those who were employed prior to July 1 and are now starting their first full fiscal years as superintendent (marked with *):

District                       Superintendent

Adair                           Allen Reed

Ballard                         Casey Allen *

Bath                             Steve Meadows (interim)

Beechwood                 Steve Hutton *

Bell                              Yvonne Gilliam

Berea                          Mike Hogg

Bracken                       Daniel Fisher, Interim

Breathitt                      Melanie Stephens (interim)

Carlisle                        Randy McCallon

Christian                      Mary Ann Gemmill

Clinton                        Charlotte Bernard

Cumberland                Glen Murphy

Daviess                       Owens Saylor

Dawson Springs          Charles Proffitt

Dayton                        Jay Brewer

Elliott                          Carl Thomas Potter

Fleming                       Bill Morgan, Interim

Fort Thomas               Gene Kirchner *

Franklin                       Mary “Chrissy” Jones

Hancock                     Kyle Estes, Interim

Harlan (County)          Mike Howard, interim

Laurel                          Doug Bennett

Magoffin                     Stanley Holbrook

Mercer                       Dennis Davis *

Newport                    Kelly Middleton

Ohio                          Scott Lewis

Oldham                     Will Wells

Owsley                      Tim Bobrowski *

Pineville                     Mike White (interim)

Raceland-Worthington Larry Coldiron

Rockcastle                 David Pensol

Todd                         Wayne Benningfield

Union                         Patricia Sheffer *

Walton-Verona          Robert Storer

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