Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 9, 2010

Hall new Greenup school director

Hire comes from within; focus turns to ‘shared vision’

LLOYD — The Greenup County Board of Education hired from within to fill the district’s top administrative post, naming Steve Hall Monday as superintendent.

“What Greenup County needs is a team builder, someone who can bring the district together,” said board member Kelly Adkins, who was on the committee that screened applicants. “He possesses the leadership qualities.”

Hall has been serving as interim superintendent since the resignation of Randy Hall and has been in the Greenup district for two years as director of federal programs.

“I’m honored and humbled and want to thank the board for its vote of confidence,” Hall said.

Hall said his biggest job will be “getting everyone to come to a shared vision for the district.”  

That means, in part, reconciling long-standing differences between the eastern and western parts of the district, which often have been at odds for years, since consolidation closed competing high schools.

“We want to celebrate tradition and be proud of our roots, but we are now one,” Hall said. “One thing all groups agree on is that we want what’s best for kids. The common goal will be the uniting force.”

Hall, 55, came to Greenup from the Ashland district, where he was principal at Crabbe Elementary. Over 32 years he has taught health, physical education and English in middle and high school. During a previous stretch in Greenup County, he was principal at Wurtland Elementary and assistant principal at Wurtland Middle School.

Two of three other candidates the board interviewed were administrators in districts elsewhere in Kentucky. The fourth was Wurtland Elementary principal Barbara Cook.

The board made Hall’s appointment effective immediately. It will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday to set the terms of his contract and then will approve the contract at its regular meeting Aug. 23.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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