(COVINGTON, KY) – Kenton County Commissioner Jon Draud received the lifetime achievement award from the Northern Kentucky Education Council on April 23.

Picture of Jon Draud

Jon Draud

The award recognizes Draud’s more than 50 years working in public education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That career includes time spent as a teacher at Holmes High School in Covington, where he also coached the 1963 state championship baseball team; principal at Third District School, where he was then the district’s youngest-ever principal; and superintendent of the Ludlow Independent School District, whose administrative building is named after him.

Draud also served as commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education under Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Draud has had a long career in public service, serving as a councilman in Crestview Hills and as representative in the Kentucky General Assembly. He was elected to the Kenton County Fiscal Court in 2010 and is currently serving his fourth term.

“It is great to celebrate Dr. Draud and his lifelong service to our region,” said Kentucky County Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “Not only has Jon made a difference in thousands of students’ lives, his service on the Kenton County Fiscal Court is helping make our community better for families. Jon has earned my respect for his insight and forward-looking mindset. He is a great friend, and I congratulate him on this award.”