Friday, June 23, 2017

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Names New Assistant Superintendent

Jamee Flaherty. FTM file. 
There has been a lot of change at the Fort Thomas Independent Schools District Office with the retirement of the top two administrators: Gene Kirchner, Superintendent, and Jon Stratton, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

It was reported here first that Karen Cheser, former Deputy Superintendent for Boone County Schools, was hired as Superintendent of FTIS.

Jon Stratton’s replacement has now also been named; Jamee Flaherty, Principal of Johnson Elementary School, has been named as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and will replace Stratton upon his retirement on June 30.

Flaherty has been Principal of Johnson Elementary since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.  During her two years of tenure, she has gained insight into the Fort Thomas schools and has seen firsthand the school remaining most in need of capital improvements.

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In an email to all employees of the district, Kirchner said of Flaherty, “Jamee’s prior experience as a district level administrator and elementary principal, along with her firsthand knowledge of the student services program in Fort Thomas, made her the obvious choice for this position.”

With the announcement of Cheser as the first female Superintendent of the Fort Thomas Independent School District and now with the announcement of Flaherty as Assistant Superintendent, Fort Thomas Independent Schools is joining a small but growing national trend that has seen female top-level administrators rise from only 13% of districts nationwide in 2000 to just under 25% in 2016, per a survey done by the AASA (School Superintendent Association).

These statistics are despite the fact that females make up more than 78% of the teachers nationally.

While the faces have changed at the district office, the knowledge and expertise that will be brought to the school district with Cheser and now Flaherty is expected to help continue the excellence of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools.  Although summer just started for the students, the new district office is shaping up for the next school year and beyond.

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