Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Ben Wilcox, Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, stands in Farristown Middle School in Madison County in August. 2019.

Wilcox shapes role of Kentucky school security marshal amid COVID-19

Kentucky’s first state school security marshal, Ben Wilcox, was preparing for an initial round of school safety inspections when COVID-19 closed schools statewide. But he and his subordinates are moving forward with required risk assessments, working with school administrators to get in compliance with state standards.
Thomas Woods-Tucker, center, a former superintendent of Douglas County Schools in Colorado, visits a classroom of students in his former district.

Thomas Woods-Tucker becomes Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer

The grandson of sharecroppers, Thomas Woods-Tucker looks to tackle equity as the Kentucky Department of Education’s first chief equity officer.
New Garrard County Superintendent Kevin Stull is pictured in a classroom talking to teachers on a videoconference call.

Superintendent Kevin Stull brings experiences from KDE to Garrard County

Whenever Kentucky Department of Education employees begin making their way back into KDE headquarters in Frankfort, one familiar face will have already hit the ground running in Garrard County.
Picture of Chad Molley

A family tradition in Erlanger-Elsmere

New Erlanger-Elsmere Superintendent Chad Molley follows in his father’s footsteps, who also served as the district’s superintendent from 1994 to 2002.
New Butler County Superintendent Robert Tuck, far left, works during a school board meeting July 14.

Superintendent Tuck seeks to develop leaders in Butler County

Robert Tuck came well-prepared into the job of Butler County Schools superintendent. He knew he was hired in June, so he had time before his July 1 start date to confer with retiring Superintendent Scott Howard.
Josh Hurt loads packaged food as meals for students onto buses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Metcalfe County Superintendent Josh Hurt has passion for teaching and coaching

When Josh Hurt started teaching, he had no intentions of going into school administration. Now with 23 years of experience of education, he’s the next superintendent for Metcalfe County Schools.
A student sits at a table surrounded by a trifold backdrop that has pockets for a schedule, pencils and a calendar.

Louisville teacher’s NTI setup draws rave reviews

A Jefferson County public school teacher’s home setup for her children is being shared far and wide, providing other parents with ideas to keep kids focused during online schooling.
Carrie Ballinger, Rockcastle County's new superintendent, works at her desk in Mt. Vernon.

For new Rockcastle superintendent, the job means homecoming

New Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Carrie Ballinger has more than one full-time job.
Chris Bentzel, Christian County's new Superintendent, speaks with students at an event before the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Christian County superintendent Bentzel hopes to help students take advantage of opportunities

As a student, Chris Bentzel wishes he would’ve had a little more guidance on taking advantage of opportunities and making wise decisions for his future. As the new superintendent for Christian County Schools, he wants to fully support students to help prepare them for their future.
Brian Alexander, the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, started out his teaching career as a business teacher at Warren Central High School (Warren County).

Alexander seeking positive experiences for students as new Edmonson County superintendent

As a child, Brian Alexander loved going to school. He loved learning, had good relationships with his teachers, and he enjoyed the culture and atmosphere of his schools. Now, as the new superintendent for Edmonson County Schools, he hopes to create similar positive experiences for students there.