Board votes to hire Adkins as next schools superintendent
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
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
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.