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Kentucky School Advocate
February 2024

Three superintendents announce retirement
Pike County Superintendent Reed Adkins will retire at the end of the school year.

Adkins has worked at the district for 28 years, including as a teacher and principal. He also attended school in the district.

“I’ve had a great career and been superintendent nine years. The system’s in better shape. It’s in great shape financially, great shape academically – our test scores are phenomenal,” Adkins said, according to WYMT-TV. “It’s been a great career in public education. I’m ready to move on to different endeavors.”

Adkins said he has accomplished all three of his main goals for the district, which included improving student achievement, improving the district’s facilities and getting the district to good financial standing.

Adkins also noted that while as superintendent he was able to watch his children graduate from the district. He said he is “leaving on great terms, with a great board, and everything in great shape.”

Though he is retiring from the district, Adkins said he is not done working.

“I’m going to be moving on and working with other organizations in education and hopefully can continue to make a difference,” he said, according to the Appalachian News-Express.

Bracken County Superintendent Jeff Aulick is retiring on Nov. 1 after 12 years in the role. He thanked the board, community and parents for supporting him during his tenure.

“I look forward to the great things Bracken County will achieve in the future under the leadership of the Bracken County board members and the new superintendent,” Aulick said, according to the Maysville Ledger Independent.

“In the three years I’ve been here, I have seen how much you care and how much effort you put in,” Board Chair Joshua Jones said.

Vice Chair Julie Riggs also thanked Aulick for his service to Bracken County’s students.

“I have really enjoyed working with you and how much you go to everything and support all the kids. And the kids know who you are,” she said.

Jones thanked Aulick for agreeing to assist the board in filling his position and for helping with the transition to a new superintendent.

Daviess County Superintendent Matt Robbins has announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Robbins has been superintendent for seven years and worked in the district for 30 years.

“I have enjoyed every role, with the supreme ambition to make a difference, no matter the role or responsibility,” he said. “I have always felt I was a part of something that was far bigger than myself.”

Robbins also thanked the school board for supporting and guiding him.

“I have shared with many of my colleagues around the state, there is no finer group of people to work for and to work with than you,” he said.  

Robbins began in the finance department in the district in 1995. He also served as the assistant superintendent at Owensboro Independent before returning to Daviess County. Before becoming superintendent, he served as assistant superintendent for Finance and Operations for seven years.

Robbins said he announced his retirement in January so that he could help with the transition to a new superintendent. The board is working with KSBA’s Superintendent Search Service to facilitate hiring a new chief administrator.

“It is my desire to provide this new leader with the proper orientation and passing of the baton that this organization so richly deserves,” Robbins said.

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Using the short online form at this link, please provide details on items of note that have taken place in the previous two months.

Examples of acceptable submissions include job promotions, community awards, special recognitions and retirements. Space is limited, so KSBA is unable to include updates that fall outside of the previously mentioned parameters (such as marriages, births, birthdays, etc.). Submissions may be included in upcoming issues of the Kentucky School Advocate magazine and in other KSBA media.

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