Kentucky School Advocate
By Brenna R. Kelly
KSBA staff writer
This school year, at least 23 of Kentucky’s 171 school districts will start the school year with new leaders at the helm. Some new superintendents had been in leadership at other Kentucky districts and some are moving up in their current district. Seventeen new superintendents were featured in previous issues of the Advocate. To read about them, see links at the end of this page.
The Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education has selected Chad Muhlenkamp as the school district’s superintendent.
Muhlenkamp, who had been the district’s director of pupil personnel, was chosen from four finalists.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as the next superintendent of Glasgow Independent Schools,” he said. “I look forward to working with the board of education, staff, students, families and community as we continue to build on the long-standing tradition of excellence.”
Muhlenkamp began his career in education as an elementary school teacher in Hart County before working as a teacher and curriculum facilitator at Glasgow Ind.’s Highland Elementary. He was later the principal of South Green Elementary before becoming DPP.
He attended the University of the Cumberlands, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, and obtained a master’s degree in elementary education curriculum and instruction and school administration along with other certifications from Western Kentucky University. He completed his degree in educational leadership at the University of the Cumberlands in 2015.
Sarah Wasson has returned to her home county as Powell County Schools superintendent. Wasson was previously superintendent of Lee County Schools.
Wasson began her career 32 years ago at Powell County’s Stanton Elementary where she taught for 12 years before becoming a technology resource teacher in the district. In 2008 she became the district’s director of pupil personnel and became involved in the regional DPP group and the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel (KDPP). During the 2016-17 school year she served as president of KDPP and in 2019 she was named DPP of the Year by the association. In 2019 she was hired as the superintendent of Lee County.
Wasson said even though her tenure in Lee County coincided with the pandemic, the district was able to accomplish many things including adding HVAC to the high school gymnasium, renovating an elementary school and increasing salaries.
Wasson’s three children graduated from Powell County Schools and her family runs a Bluegrass music venue in the county.
“I am thrilled to come back to my home community and lead a talented and dedicated staff to do great things for the children of Powell County,” she said. “I also look forward to working in the community because this community has always supported the schools.”
Links to more new superintendent hirings