School Board chooses Hamby
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Trigg County Board of Education selected Travis Hamby, the current assistant superintendent for personnel and operations for the school district, as the new superintendent last Wednesday.

“It’s an honor to lead such a great school district,” Hamby said. “I’m honored to be chosen.”

Hamby has served in that position for the past two and half years, and will assume his new position on Thursday, July 1, this year, the day after current superintendent Tim McGinnis formally retires, said Eileen Kehrwald, administrative assistant for the Trigg superintendent.

Hamby said he found out last week from Mike Davis, chairman of the Trigg County Board of Education, that he will be the next superintendent. He also said he thinks the district will continue to perform well academically.

“I’ve worked with [Hamby] for three years, and he’s met his responsibilities diligently,” said McGinnis. “He has a good grasp on personnel and policy issues, and knows our strengths and growth area going in.”

McGinnis added that all three of the candidates that were interviewed were worthy of the position.

McGinnis, who has been the superintendent for 10 years, announced his retirement at a school board meeting in December. In a note he passed around at that meeting, he said the time has come for change, both for the school district and for him, as he has been a superintendent for 10 years and has been in the education profession for 33 years.

A retirement party for McGinnis has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 25, from 2 – 6 p.m.

Hamby, in his letter to the board, said his 10-year experience as a school administrator makes him a good fit. Before working at Trigg County, he was an administrator at Todd County for seven years, three of those as the assistant principal of South Todd Elementary School.

The school board will take formal action on the matter in open session during its next regular meeting, which will be held on Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the Trigg School central office.

Darrell G. Daigle, the director of secondary education for Henderson County Schools in Henderson, since July 1, 2008, and Jennifer Miller, the district instructional coordinator for Mercer County Public Schools in Harrodsburg since July 1, 2007, were interviewed along with Hamby in late March and earlier this month.

Seven other candidates, whose names were never released, also gave the board and the screening committee resumes.

People were invited to meet each candidate at the Trigg County High School Library. Each candidate met with the public at the library before their dinner and interview with the school board at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park.
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