Kentucky School Superintendents

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This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky Newspapers. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and owners).

School superintendents discuss Kentucky politics, education, their personal histories and careers, and their roles and influence in the social and political history of their counties. Almost every county is represented.

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Kentucky School Superintendents

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In this interview, Willie Watkins, Retired Superintendent of Casey County Schools, discusses his teaching and administrative career, the trends he witnessed, the various relationships he built throughout his tenure.

In this interview, Waymond Huddleston, Administrator for the Cumberland County Hospital, discusses his family and personal background, education, major issues during his tenure as Superintendent, problems of the school system, and the Cumberland…

In this interview, Troy Spear, Superintendent of Cumberland Co. Schools, discusses his background and education, his positions held prior to becoming Superintendent, and the School Board and elections. He also discusses major issues that he has…

In this interview, Robert Polston, School Superintendent of Clinton County, relfects on his 25 years in this position and offers his opinions on the progress of Clinton County.

In this interview, John & Mary Dunbar, discuss their early life and education, their teaching experiences throughout the years, and problems in the schools. They also comment on their educational philosophy, their hobbies, and problems of Adair…

In this interview, Al Sullivan, Superintendent of Adair County Schools, discusses his background and educational experiences, and many positions held prior to becoming Superintendent. He also comments on School Boards, problems of the system and the…

In this interview, Russel Roberts, School Superintendent for Madison County Schools, discusses his personal background, education, and his prior teaching and coaching experiences. He also comments on School Boards, problems in the school system, and…

In this interview, Ralph Nevels, Superintendent of McCreary County Schools, discusses his background and education, School Boards and Elections, the major problems of his school system, and his duties. He also comments on Union College, relations…

In this interview, William Hall, Retired Assistant Superintendent of Laurel County Schools, discusses his background and education, problems of the Superintendent, the School Board, and his decision to leave Letcher County. He also comments on the…

In this interview, Nora Hall, Retired Librarian of London City School, discusses her personal background and education, her positions held throughout her time in the school system, and the reasons for her and her husband moving to London. She also…

In this interview, Roy Camic, Superintendent of Boyle County Schools, discusses his personal and educational background, his military service, and positions held prior to becoming Superintendent. He also comments on his reasons for wanting to become…

In this interview, E.R. Purdom Jr., Superintendent of Danville Independent Schools, discusses his education and personal background, his desire to become a Superintendent, the school board and his relationship with them. He also comments on the many…

In this interview, Garland Grover, Superintendent of Laurel County Schools, discusses his personal background and education, along with positions held in Laurel County prior to becoming Superintendent. He also comments on the problems of the…

In this interview, Charles Parson, Superintendent of Rockcastle County schools, discusses his family and background, his education at different institutions, and his prior educational positions held. He also comments on his time at EKU, school…

In this interview, Vernon Miniard, Superintendent of the Monticello School System, discusses his family and background, his time working for Blue Diamond Coal Co., as well as his time in the military and education. He also discusses school boards,…

In this interview, Clarence Bates, Superintendent of Wayne County Schools, discusses his background and education, prior positions held,and his lifetime of education. He also comments on school boards, problems he has faced, and how he spends the…

In this interview, John Brock, Superintendent of Rowan County Schools, discusses his background and education, his decision to go into administration, and prior positions held. He also comments on problems he faces as superintendent as well as…

In this interview, Ernest Siler, Superintendent of Whitley County Schools, discusses his education, the School Board and elections, problems of the Superintendent and school system, and his future plans to run for State Representative.

In this interview, J.B. Mountjoy, Superintendent of Williamsburg Independent Schools, discusses his education, his decision to go into school administration, the School Board, and other aspects related to his job as Superintendent.

In this interview, Louie Martin, Superintendent of Corbin Independent Schools, discusses his background and education, reflects on his early life, why he became Superintendent, the School Board, and other aspects related to his job as Superintendent.

In this interview, Denver Partin, Former Superintendent of Whitley County Schools, discusses his education, prior educational positions, his reasons for being Superintendent, School Boards, school enrollment, and other issues concerning the system.

In this interview, Ike Slusher, Superintendent of the Bell County School System, discusses his educational and administrative experience, and the problems involved in operating a school system.

In this interview, Harold Webb, Superintendent of Richmond Independent Schools, discusses his education and prior positions, school enrollment, the School Board, major problems he's faced, and programs he has improved.

In this interview, Donald Hayes, Superintendent of Middlesboro Schools, discusses his background and education, why he wanted to be a Superintendent, School Boards, problems he's faced, and positive and negative aspects of the job.

In this interview, James Hampton, Superintendent of Knox County Schools, discusses his educational experience and his duties as Superintendent in Knox County.

In this interview, Jesse Lay, former Superintendent of Knox County Schools, discusses his education, teaching in Harlan County and the problems with coal strikes, and recollects on his many years as a teacher and administrator in Knox, Laurel, and…

In this interview, Charles Singleton, Superintendent of Barbourville Independent Schools, discusses his education, major problems, concerns of the people in education, positive aspects of the job, and other issues involving the school system and…

In this interview, Ronald Jones, Superintendent of Pineville City Schools, discusses his education, the Flood of 1977, how he became Superintendent, the School Board and elections, and major problems he faces.

In this interview, William Slusher, Retired Superintendent of 42 years in the Bell County School System, discusses hid education, decision to become Superintendent, the biggest changes in education, contributions he's made, the School Board, etc.

In this interview, Earl Shaw, Superintendent of Garrard County Schools, discusses his education, prior positions, problems he has faced, the School Board, the positive aspects of his job and decision makers in the county.

In this interview, George Francis, Superintendent of Harlan City Schools, discusses his education, influential people, the School Board, and other various aspects of his job as Superintendent.

In this interview, Robert Osborne, Superintendent of Lynch Independent Schools, discusses his education, the Lynch School System, prior positions, and many problems he has faced. He also discusses the School Board, and decision makers in Harlan…

In this interview, Mildred Rowland, Superintendent of Harlan County Schools, discusses her education, her former positions including teaching, adult education, and many issues in Harlan County and the schools. She has served for 50 years in the…

In this interview, Willie Sizemore, Superintendent of Clay County Schools, discusses his educational background and experience, student enrollment, problems he faces, the School Board, and contributions he has made.

In this interview, William Davis, Superintendent of Estill County Schools, discusses his decision to become Superintendent, the county and city merger, his daily responsibilities, the School Board, vocational school, and the system's enrollment.

In this interview, Douglas Miller, Retired Superintendent of Estill County Schools, discusses his background and education, the consolidation of Estill Co. Schools, the School Board, vocational school, and problems he faced while he was…

In this interview, J.K. Powell, Retired School Superintendent of Mercer County, Former President of Cambellsville College, and President of EKU, reccollects on his many experiences as an educator and as administrator for the school systems.

In this interview, Kenneth King, Superintendent of Mercer County Schools, discusses his education, pros and cons of being Superintendent, the School Board, lack of dedication by teachers, athletics, and the negative aspects to his job.

In this interview, Othella Gaskins, Retired School Superintendent of Russell County Schools, discusses his education, the School Board and elections, conrtibutions he made during his time, and his many experiences as an educator and administrator.

In this interview, Ernerst Wiggins, Superintendent of East Bernstadt Schools, discusses his education, former jobs, military service, previous coaching jobs, and other various aspects of the job of Superintendent.

In this interview, Richard Gentry, Professor/ Former Superintendent, discusses his education, military service, previous positions, good superintendents he has known, and East Bernstadt Independent. He reflects on the differences in the school system…

In this interview, Wilbur Barnes, former Superintendent of Russel Co. Schools, discusses his education, Othella Gaskins (former supt.), the School Board, and college preparedness. He also comments on his daily duties, as well as problems in the…

In this interview, Jack Johnson, Superintendent of the Lincoln County School System, discusses his many years as a teacher and as a school administrator in Kentucky schools.

In this interview, Otis Johnson, Superintendent of Jackson County schools, discusses his education, prior positions, what it takes to be a Superintendent, along with many other topics related to his position.

In this interview, Elbert Hudson, Superintendent of the Lee County School system, discusses his education, prior positions, the School Board, size of his system, and contributions and problems in Lee County.

In this interview, the former and current Superintendents of Lee County School discuss how they became Superintendents, the School Boards and their relationships with them, and the changes that have been made in the system over the years.

In this interview, Nelson White, Superintendent of Powell County Schools, discusses his education, prior positions, the School Board, contributions he has made, and the problems in being a Superintendent.

In this interview, Sedley Stewart, retired Superintendent of Lee County Schools, discusses his education, EKU, and many issues he faced in the 50 years he worked in the educational programs in Lee County.
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