Russellville Independent off to good start thanks to administrators

By OJ Stapleton -

The Russellville Independent school district is off to a flying start so far this school year, thanks in large part to the stability of its school administrators.

“We’ve had a really good beginning of the school year,” said superintendent Leon Smith. “It’s been the best start since I’ve been here. And it has been because we’ve been able to maintain consistency with our building leadership teams. That’s been very beneficial to us.”

Both Stevenson Elementary and Russellville High School began the school year with the same principals and assistant principals that were in place for the entire 2014-15 year.

The district has added some central office personnel, which has also helped enhance the educational programs.

“We have brought in some additional support from people that have a wealth of knowledge and experience,” Smith said.

Dr. Janet Hurt, who had been Russellville’s assistant superintendent, recently stepped down from that role, but still continues to work on a part-time basis for the district.

“She had an offer to serve part time on the faculty of Western Kentucky University,” Smith said. “And that was too hard for her to turn down.”

Hurt continues to work two days a week in Russellville, however.

She has been replaced by a new interim assistant superintendent, Dr. Steve Motes.

Prior to working at Russellville Independent, Motes served as the district manager for the Race to the Top program.

“He’s been very beneficial in working with Dr. Hurt,” Smith said. “We are extremely excited about the things that we are implementing right now.”’

The district also currently has the services of Sherry Smith, who is working as an intern from the Bowling Green school district.

“She is spending this year working with us and learning what it means to be a superintendent, but we have also been able to give her some responsibilities to help us,” Smith said. “On the days when Dr. hurt is in the office, it looks like we have a lot of personnel in the district office.”

By OJ Stapleton

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