Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fort Thomas Independent Schools Names New Assistant Superintendent

The new top brass at Fort Thomas Independent Schools: Bill Bradford, Karen Cheser and Jamee Flaherty. FTM file. 
Since Gene Kirchner announced his retirement from Fort Thomas Schools in March, the district has had to replace not only its superintendent, but its two assistant superintendents as well. Both Jon Stratton and Ginger Webb announced their retirements in April and June, respectively.

There have been some shuffling and moving parts but here's where things sit currently:

Karen Cheser was announced as superintendent on May 19. She was most recently deputy superintendent/chief academic officer of Boone County Schools.

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Then in June, Jamee Flaherty was named assistant superintendent for student services, replacing Stratton. She spent two years as Johnson Elementary's principal before being promoted.

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Ashley Dikeos, who was in the role of elementary assistant principal for the district for the past year, was hired to replace Flaherty as principal at Johnson. Her replacement is to be named this Friday.

Brian Robinson, principal at Highlands, sent his letter of resignation this week, and will be moving onto The College Board, taking a role to help implement and shape Advanced Placement testing nationwide.

Sommer Rosa will be stepping in for Sam Jones as Special Education Director. Jones also left the central office this year. Rosa was most recently the Director of Special Education at Pendleton County Schools for a year after spending four years in that same role at Beechwood Independent.

To replace Webb, the district has selected Bill Bradford as the new assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. He is currently the principal at River Ridge Elementary School in the Kenton County School District, a position he has held for the past two years.

He attended his first school board meeting Monday night.

Bradford’s career in education began as a Spanish teacher at Lafayette High School in the Fayette County Public Schools, where, after teaching six years, he advanced to the position of instructional support specialist for the district. Additionally, he has served as principal at Sixth District Elementary School and then as assistant superintendent for learning support at Covington Independent Schools.

Bradford earned his bachelor’s degree from Transylvania, his master’s degree in Education from Georgetown University and his Rank I in Instructional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Education at Northern Kentucky University.

A seven-member committee was formed to review and interview the applicants for this position. The committee was unanimous in their selection of Bradford as the top candidate.

“We are fortunate to have Bill Bradford join our leadership team," said Cheser. "Bill not only has tremendous expertise and successful experience at all levels, but also has the disposition to help us take FTIS to even greater heights.”

“I am looking forward to joining the exceptional team within Fort Thomas Independent Schools,” Bradford added. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for me to partner with highly qualified and professional educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels in order to support the teaching and learning efforts there. I'm excited to engage in the culture of rich tradition and collaborate with all stakeholders to continue to focus on the future.”  

Bradford will fill the position vacated by the retirement of Ginger Webb. He will begin serving as the assistant superintendent of teaching and learning on June 17, 2017.

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