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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Highlands Principal To Take Job at The College Board

Brian Robinson. FTM file. 
Brian Robinson, principal at Highlands High School, is leaving the top job at the high school he's been at for most of his professional career.

He's leaving to take a job at The College Board as the executive director for Advanced Placement program implementation.

The College Board is an American not-for-profit organization that was formed in December 1899 as the College Entrance Examination Board to expand access to higher education. The headquarters are in New York, but Robinson will be staying local and still sending his children to Fort Thomas schools.

"The College Board is very much up my alley and their mission is connected to what I believe needs to happen across country," said Robinson. "If you’re going to grow and you've got an opportunity to do something like this, you've got to take that chance." 

Former Fort Thomas Independent superintendent, John Williamson, left the district in 2012 to also take a role at The College Board as senior director of AP. Robinson will report to Williamson in his new position.

"John was one of my mentors while he was at Highlands and someone that I've stayed close with since he left," said Robinson. "My time at Highlands was one of the great pleasures of my life. My time here and the people that I met and the community itself, I feel blessed to have been a part of it. I feel fortunate to have been a part of something so great."

Robinson, 42, is a graduate of Simon Kenton High School and Thomas More College. He’s been in the district for 20 years – five as a government teacher, five as an assistant principal to Elgin Emmons, a year in the central office as director of teaching and learning and the last nine years as principal at Highlands.

Robinson has helped Highlands maintain its reputation as one of the best high schools in not only Kentucky, but the nation.

He helped shepherd renovations and unprecedented growth to the high school campus, all while student population ballooned to an all-time high at Highlands High School of over 1,000 students.

"Through his teaching days and all the way through his time as an administrator, he's been a great high school principal for us," said Fort Thomas School Board member, Jeff Beach. "We're very sorry to see him leave but excited for him and his new opportunities. He's always welcome here and we're going to miss him."

Beach, stepping in for Board Chair, Brad Fennell, during the school board meeting, noted the new hires at some of the top spots in the district since the end of the school year.

Gone are former superintendent Gene Kirchner and assistant superintendent Jon Stratton. Kirchner has taken a job at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Stratton has retired.

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Recently it was announced that the other assistant superintendent, Ginger Webb, would not be back as well. She is reportedly taking a job at Northern Kentucky University.

The top three spots in the district's central office have been filled by Karen Cheser, Jamee Flaherty and Bill Bradford as superintendent and the two assistant superintendents, respectively.

Robinson's last day as principal is July 28.

Cheser and the high school site based council will collaborate to find a replacement in time for school, which starts on August 16.

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