The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) recently presented Kenneth “Pete” Galloway with its Distinguished Service Award. Galloway served as superintendent of the Graves County school district since 2008 and retired in June after 41 years in public education.
During that time, he was an assistant superintendent for eight years; director of pupil personnel for 18 years; and a vocational agriculture teacher at the former Farmington High School for 10 years. Not only did Galloway spend his entire 41-year career as an educator with Graves County Schools, but he was a student in in the district throughout his childhood.
Galloway said receiving KASA’s distinguished service award was a big honor, and he shares it with “those who have been a part of my career over the years,” he said. “The key to an organization’s success is its people, and that is certainly the case here.”
Galloway, a former KASA president in 2007-08, also has served as past president of the Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel, was voted the Outstanding Kentucky Vocational Agriculture Teacher of the Year and later was named the Kentucky Public Schools’ Health Coordinator of the Year.
As several of Kentucky’s superintendents begin the year as first-time superintendents, Galloway encourages them to surround themselves with strong individuals who want the best for kids. He was fortunate enough to be able to do that.
“At the end of the day if you can say what we did today was best for kids, then we have all had a good day,” Galloway said.
KASA is the largest school administrator group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,000 education leaders from across the state. Formed in 1969, KASA connects education leaders to policymakers, legislators and other interest groups, and provides numerous benefits and services to Kentucky’s school administrators.