Michael Melton has been serving as Elliott County’s new superintendent since July 1. He entered education more than three decades ago because of his family.
“I came from a family of storytellers and had a love for history, so it just made sense,” Melton said. “I also was blessed to have outstanding educators in my life as a student that guided me and created a desire in me to become a teacher.”
Melton worked as a social studies teacher upon entering the classroom in Letcher County. He worked in schools across the county for many years prior to working as a district administrator in Bath County. His passion for education has led to many leadership opportunities.
He previously worked as a high school assistant principal, elementary principal, elementary athletic administrator, high school athletic administrator, district athletic administrator, transportation director, maintenance director, facilities director, pupil personnel director, safe schools coordinator, health services director, Family Resource and Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) director, counseling coordinator, student information services director, certified bus driver trainer and bus driver.
Melton is known across Kentucky for his work officiating sports with the Kentucky High School Athletics Association (KHSAA).
“I was also the KHSAA 14th Region assigning secretary for the sports of baseball, fast pitch softball, football and volleyball,” Melton said.
Assigning secretaries assign officials to sporting events within the regions they cover. Melton’s 14th Region currently includes eastern Kentucky schools.
During his first year on the job, Melton said he wants “to bring excitement among the students, staff and the community to achieve great things.”
He said the district is successful because of its people.
“By far, Elliott County’s greatest asset is its people and their pride and dedication to their school system and community,” Melton noted.
As superintendent, he said he will build upon the work that has been occurring in Elliott County Schools and work toward solving problems.
“One of our challenges is maintaining and filling staffing vacancies, both certified and classified. This is an issue currently for most districts across the Commonwealth and the nation,” Melton said. “One of the approaches we are planning to take is to provide a more intensive support and professional development approach to provide staff the tools they need to be successful.”
Melton also reflected upon the support that empowered him to reach his role.
“I have been blessed with too many great mentors to mention with the fear of leaving someone instrumental in my success out,” he said. “I would have to give many thanks to my wife, Londa, and my family for all of the support and patience they have shown me throughout my career.”