Jessamine County Names New School Superintendent

In a unanimous decision on a 5-0 vite, the Jessamine County Board of Education named current Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, Kathy Fields, as the new superintendent of Jessamine County Schools.

Fields accepted the position pending contract negotiations and will take over for Interim Superintendent, Matt Moore, once the details of her four-year contract are finalized, according to a release from the school system.

“Our board has the utmost confidence that Kathy has the knowledge, skills and ability to lead this district and continue our forward progress.  Under her leadership, Jessamine Schools will provide a top-notch educational experience for every child, every day,” said Jessamine County Board of Education Chairman Eugene Peel.    

Fields was one of four candidates selected to interview with the board from the initial applicant pool of twenty-three.  Jimmy Adams, Jessamine County chief operating officer, Matthew Constant, Owensboro assistant superintendent and Mark Owens, Daviess County chief of staff were also interviewed after former superintendent, Lu Young, left the district in July to become chief academic officer for Fayette County Schools.   

“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to serve as superintendent of the district where I spent my school-age years, supported by caring adults, who made a positive lasting impact on my life,” said Fields, a 1979 graduate of Jessamine County High School.

Fields, 52, has 18 years of educational leadership.  A former Grant County Schools “Teacher of the Year”, Fields holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in elementary education from Georgetown College

After serving as director of special education and federal programs in Bath County, Fields returned home in 1995 as principal of Nicholasville Elementary School.  After 12 years in that position, she served the district at West Jessamine Middle School as lead instructional administrator.

Fields then moved to Central Office in 2009 when she was named director of teaching and learning before taking her most recent position as assistant superintendent /chief academic officer for the 2012-13 school year. 

“We had several excellent candidates and we invested a significant amount of time processing the information that was provided and the input from the community in order to select the individual who was the best fit for our district.  We believe that we have found the right person to continue to lead us forward and meet the needs of our students and their families,” said Chairman Peel.  “Kathy has demonstrated a continued commitment to Jessamine Schools and is dedicated to maintaining the focus on raising academic achievement for all students.” 

“Thank you to the Jessamine County Board of Education for conveying their confidence in my ability to lead this district,” Fields said.   “I am excited for the challenge and I look forward to working with our amazing group of teachers, support staff and administrators in this new capacity.  This is a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise children and I’m so happy to be able to contribute to our students, their families and their futures.”  


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