• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Board votes to hire Adkins as next schools superintendent


DANNY ADKINS, left, talked to Southside Elementary School Principal Jeremy Reynolds prior to being introduced as Woodford County Public Schools’ next superintendent. He will succeed Scott Hawkins, who’s retiring from the post at the end of this month. (Photo by Bob Vlach)
DANNY ADKINS, left, talked to Southside Elementary School Principal Jeremy Reynolds prior to being introduced as Woodford County Public Schools’ next superintendent. He will succeed Scott Hawkins, who’s retiring from the post at the end of this month. (Photo by Bob Vlach)

Floyd County Public Schools Superintendent Danny Adkins has been hired

as the next superintendent of Woodford County Public Schools. He will

succeed Scott Hawkins, who will retire at the end of June after 13 years

as superintendent.

The board voted 5 to 0 to hire Adkins at a special meeting on Tuesday

that began in closed session. A four-year contract, with a $190,000

annual salary, was signed at the conclusion of the board meeting.

“I want to thank this board for putting (its) faith in me and giving me

the opportunity,” said Adkins, 50. “And I want to ask the community to

give me a chance – and I promise you we’ll embrace each other and we’re

going to get together on things that we need to do for our kids.”

Adkins, who will begin his tenure July 1, told the Sun he was excited to

get started. “To come here and be the face of Woodford County schools is

just unbelievable. It’s such an amazing opportunity…” he said.

The board meeting was held in the library at Woodford County High

School, with Adkins’ family, two principals and Central Office

administrators in attendance.

In a press release, board Chair Dani Bradley said, “We are confident

that Mr. Adkins has the leadership skills and experience necessary to

lead Woodford County Schools into the future. We are excited to welcome

him to Woodford County.”

Board member Allison Richardson said she was looking forward to getting

a new start as one board. “I have never been so excited to start

something new in my entire life, so welcome,” she said prior to the

contract signing.

Adkins said his top priority is building relationships with the board,

staff, students and community. He also said his uncle graduated from

Woodford County High School, so he knows there’s a need for a new WCHS.

He said students need to have choices in their education. “Our goal with

our students is to give them opportunities, let them define their own

success – whether it be college-ready or career-ready. We want to give

them that opportunity,” he said.

The board interviewed four superintendent candidates recommended by a

screening committee (in April) before making its decision. All four

visited the district in May and talked to principals, teachers and

others while touring the schools.

The other candidates were former Woodford County schools Chief Academic

Officer Jimmy Brehm; John Leeper, deputy superintendent of Shelby County

Public Schools; and Michael Wix, principal of South Warren Middle School.

Adkins earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education at

Morehead State University and received a master’s degree in

instructional leadership at Union College. He earned his superintendent

certification at the University of the Cumberlands. He has 26 years of

experience in public education, including stints as a bus driver, coach

and teacher before moving into school administration.

Adkins and his wife, Cindy, the parents of two children, Emily, 22, and

Joshua, 16, have signed a lease and will move here July 15, he said.

“I need to be here in the county. I need to be available,” Adkins said.


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