Kyle Estes speaks at a podium

Kyle Estes has been the interim superintendent for Russellville Independent since June 1 and earned the permanent position on Aug. 17. He said his main goals are to increase attendance and prioritize literacy.
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Kyle Estes has been named the new superintendent for Russellville Independent.

Estes has served as the interim superintendent since June 1. He was appointed as the permanent superintendent at a special Board of Education meeting and began his new role on Aug. 17.

Estes said his dream was to be a sports coach, but he found much of the same joy in leading a school district.

His primary goal in Russellville Independent is to increase attendance and to make literacy a priority.

“We have great people here who are committed to improvement,” he said. “There is a strong commitment to a tradition of excellence that we intend to continue and improve upon.”

Estes has served 21 years in education in Kentucky, plus two years in Alaska. He began his career in 2001 as a math teacher at Ohio County High School. During his time in Ohio County, Estes served as the head coach for boys’ basketball. In 2005, he became a math teacher at Owensboro High School. In 2008, he became director of student services for Hancock County Schools before becoming superintendent of the district in 2012.

He spent the last two years in Alaska, teaching math at Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

“Teaching and living in Alaska was a chance of a lifetime that I enjoyed immensely, but home is in Kentucky,” said Estes.

Estes received his bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a master’s in educational leadership from Western Kentucky University, where he also earned his principal certification.