Madison Central Principal Named Superintendent

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Elmer Thomas, Madison County Public Schools Supt.
The Madison County Board of Education held a special called meeting Friday to approve the hiring of Elmer Thomas to serve as the district’s next superintendent.
 
The vote was 4 to 1 with Board Member Mary Renfro voting against.

“Matthew (Thomas’ son) and I have talked a lot about what it means to be a servant,” Thomas said during the meeting. “My family and I have learned a lot through this process and we are really excited for this opportunity.”

Thomas’ career in education spans 25 years.

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Thomas has served as principal of Madison Central High School since 2010.

Thomas served as principal of Boyle County High School from 2004 to 2010; assistant principal at Campbell County High School from 2002-2004; an instructor in the areas of Spanish, reading and media from 1994 to 2002 at Madison Central High School; and an instructor in the areas of Spanish and yearbook at Berea Community Schools from 1988 to 1994.

Thomas was also been an instructor in the English Department at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000-2002 and served as the director of the Governor’s Scholars Program at Northern Kentucky University in 2002.

Thomas was Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year in 2011.

Thomas has also been Governor’s Scholar Program Impact Teacher/Outstanding Educator three times; was twice chosen Central Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association Conference Coach of the Year; and principal of Boyle County High School when it was named KHEAA/The Student Loan People Model School of the Year in 2007-2008.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish (Teaching) from Eastern Kentucky University; his Reading Specialist Endorsement from EKU; his Master of Arts in Education from EKU with concentrations in Middle and Secondary Reading; his Rank I (Secondary School Principal) from EKU; and his superintendent certification from EKU.

Thomas is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Kentucky Council for Teachers of Foreign Languages, and Eastern Kentucky Foreign Language Collaborative.

“It’s the perfect time for an excellent leader,” said Board Vice Chair Becky Coyle, who served on the superintendent screening committee. “We are happy to have you.”

Thomas will serve as superintendent under contract for three years at a salary of $143,000 annually with additional benefits.

Thomas follows Dr. Tommy Floyd, who served as superintendent from 2008 to 2013. Floyd became Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Department of Education in July 2013.

Board Chair Mona Isaacs also thanked Interim Superintendent Randy Neeley for his service during the search process.

Neeley’s duties as interim superintendent will expire July 31, but he will continue to serve the district as director of pupil personnel.

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