Kentucky School Advocate
Save the date for KSBA’s 2022 Fall Regional Meetings
Each fall, KSBA’s 12 regional chairs host regional meetings for association members, district staff and friends of education. KSBA’s regional meetings allow members to gather in closer proximity to the local communities they serve. Short format programs offer an evening of networking and board training in an intimate setting, providing an ideal environment to address issues at a local level. Dates are listed below. Times, locations and registration instructions will be announced this summer. More information is available at ksba.org/RegionalMeetings.aspx.
Regional Meetings schedule:
• Aug. 30, Fifth Region
• Sept. 6, Northern Ky. Region
• Sept. 12, Upper Ky. River Region
• Sept. 20, Middle Cumberland Region
• Sept. 22, Central Ky. Region
• Sept. 26, First Region
• Sept. 27, Second Region
• Oct. 18, Eastern Ky. South Region
• Oct. 20, Fourth Region
• Oct. 24, Third Region
• Nov. 1, Upper Cumberland Region
• Nov. 3, Eastern Ky. North Region
Three superintendents resigning at end of school year
After seven years as superintendent of Frankfort Ind. Schools, Houston Barber announced he would be resigning to become deputy superintendent of Fayette County Schools.
“This is the single toughest decision my family and I have had to make in terms of next steps together with the focus on work and life,” Barber said. “We will remain in the Frankfort community and my kids will continue to attend school in Frankfort Ind. Schools.”
On July 1, Barber will begin his job at Fayette County where he will assist in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of education programs and services.
“Dr. Barber will support our organizational goals and champion the needs of our students, employees and families,” said Fayette Superintendent Demetrus Liggins. “Adding an educator of his caliber to our already strong leadership team will accelerate the great work happening in FCPS.”
Before coming to Frankfort Ind., Barber, a 1994 graduate of Frankfort High, served as a principal in Jefferson County Schools. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Marquette University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and administration, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and organizational change from the University of Louisville.
Bellevue Ind. Superintendent Robb Smith has announced he will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the state’s first deeper learning director for the Kentucky Association of Educational Cooperatives.
In the new position, Smith will work with teacher-leaders across the state in the creation and cultivation of innovative instructional practices.
“Being your superintendent for the last eight years has been an extraordinary experience and I will be forever grateful,” Smith said in a letter to Bellevue families.
Previously he was director of secondary education at Bullitt County Schools and a principal in Oldham County Schools. Smith holds bachelor's and master’s degrees from Northern Kentucky University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and organizational change from the University of Louisville.
Muhlenberg Co. Superintendent Robby Davis announced he will retire at the end of the school year.
Davis has been superintendent since 2017. He has been with the district for 27 years starting as a teacher at Muhlenberg North High School. He went on to serve as athletic director and assistant principal at North High before becoming basketball coach and principal. Davis served as principal of Bremen Elementary School from 2012-2017.
Davis, recently told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer that after working in an explosives factory he decided to pursue a career in education and, once he began working with kids, he knew it was the right choice.
“It’s just the most fulfilling job in the world, working with kids and being able to see a kid have confidence in themselves and helping them believe they can reach their fullest potential. Is it tough? Yes. But it’s so rewarding,” he said.
Davis plans to travel and spend time with his family.