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Campbellsville Independent Schools to search for new superintendent

Deaton is second stellar school leader to announce retirement this year; following Superintendent Alan W. Reed's retirement earlier in December. Deaton is optimistic about the continuation of progress at CI: We'll get somebody younger in here and they'll take this thing and run with it and make it better, he said.
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By Calen McKinney
Campbellsville Independent Schools

Superintendent Mike Deaton announced at the regular Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, December 12, that he will not renew his contract after the current school year ends.

Deaton's last day as superintendent will be June 30, 2017

In a prepared statement, Deaton said he wants to thank Board members for their support and work during his eight-year tenure as superintendent.

"I also want to thank our administrators, central office staff, instructional assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, bus monitors, custodians and maintenance staff for their willingness to make the changes necessary to help transform our District both academically and financially," he said. "Because of everyone's efforts, we have placed the District on great footing in both of those areas."

However, Deaton said, he believes it's time to "get out of the way" so that the District can move on to "bigger and better things."

"[My wife] Amy and I came here 10 years ago in order to be closer to our families, and in the course of those years, we gained another family - the Eagle family.

"I know I can speak for both of us when I say we will always be grateful for having had the chance to work with so many good people who truly do care about each and every child in the District, no matter their socio-economic standing or the color of their skin. It has been an honor."

Deaton said he also wants to thank Campbellsville Independent Schools' students.

"The progress you have made these past 10 years, and the change in attitude toward your academics, and thus your future, has been amazing. You are deserving of your Distinguished District status and also as a Top 20 performing high school in the state of Kentucky.

"To you Board members, again, I cannot thank you enough for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to lead our schools. I know it hasn't always been easy for you, as I asked you to approve many tough decisions - from personnel to reconfiguring our schools, to financial decisions. But, as I prepare to leave, I hope you will be able to confidently say, 'He left it in better shape than when he got it.'"

But before he leaves, Deaton said, he will move forward with the next phase of the District's building project at Campbellsville Middle School.

"We will continue to demand excellence from staff and students. And, in so doing, we provide opportunities for so many whom otherwise would fall through the cracks. And, make no mistake, CIS offers wonderful opportunities for children to find their niche and be successful, regardless of what vitriolic statements come from folks not associated with our District."

Deaton thanked staff members, parents, grandparents, guardians and the school community for giving him the opportunity to serve as superintendent, and for looking over his shortcomings.

"It has been an honor and blessing and very humbling to have been able to serve you," he said.

Board Chair Pat Hall said Board members appreciate Deaton and the work he has put in to help the District move forward.

"We knew long-term that he was looking at going to four years. And, at the end of four years, he was willing to stay with us another four. We are long from being finished from this year," she said.

"He has served our District well, will continue to serve it well."

Hall said some have already shed tears about Deaton's departure, because they anticipated it.

"Although we will cry, we will smile also, for the kids," she said. "As far as this Board is concerned, [Deaton] was absolutely the right person at the right time to get us where we're at.

"We have nothing but the best wishes as he moves forward," he said.

After the meeting, Deaton said Board members have always worked well with him in his efforts to move the District forward.

"You know, I just felt like it was time," he said. "I'm leaving the District in a good spot. We're in a good place and got things going in a good direction.

"We'll get somebody younger in here and they'll take this thing and run with it and make it better."

Deaton said he is truly humbled to have served as superintendent, and grateful to have worked with his Eagle family.

"They are very loyal to their school district," he said. "They fight hard for it."

Deaton became superintendent in 2009. Before that, he served as Campbellsville High School principal for two years.

The process to replace Deaton will be discussed at the Board's meeting in January, which is set for Monday, Jan. 9, at the Campbellsville High School library at 6 p.m. It is open to the public.

The process will begin with appointing a committee of principals, teachers and parent representatives.

This story was posted on 2016-12-15 10:08:17
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