|Jon Stratton. FTM file.|
Jon Stratton, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, is retiring at the end of this year effective June 30. Superintendent, Gene Kirchner, announced his retirement in March.
He told Fort Thomas Matters that after 27 years, he's ready to move onto his next adventure.
"I'm looking forward to supporting the school system as a community member and I am confident that Fort Thomas Schools will continue to evolve on the path of educational excellence," he said.
Stratton started his education career in 1990 in Pikeville, Kentucky as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher for six years. From there, he moved into the Guidance Counselor position at Pikeville Middle and High School before becoming Principal. He and his family, wife Penny and children Rebecca and Ben, moved to Fort Thomas in 2002 and was hired at the Central Office in 2014.
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"It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Fort Thomas Independent Schools. The students are second to none and the community support and parent involvement create a valuable partnership that is unique to Fort Thomas."
Stratton said that his family moved to Fort Thomas ten years ago because they wanted to be a part of the top ranked school system in the state.
"I believe that the Vision 2020 Initiative was just beginning. It was very rewarding to lead this initiative in the district and see firsthand how instructional changes led to improved student experience. The teamwork and family atmosphere that was evident is something that I'll always cherish."
"I can't imagine a better place to work and for my children to have received their education."
For now, Stratton said he's looking forward to spending more time with family, but he's excited to see what opportunities come up.
"I can't stop working because my wife won't let me stay home," he said with a smile.