SuperintendentsHOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (5/13/19) — Hopkins County Schools has chosen two new administrators to serve the district as assistant superintendents.

District director of secondary instruction Marty Cline and West Broadway Elementary School principal Amy Smith will begin their new roles July 1, HCS Spokeswoman Lori Harrison reported in a news release.

“We are so pleased that Mr. Cline and Mrs. Smith will bring their many talents to serve the district in new roles during the upcoming school year,” superintendent Deanna Ashby said in a statement. “They both have extensive experience in education and are dedicated to the continued success of Team Hopkins.”

The late Charles Gant served as assistant superintendent until he passed away March 18. The second assistant superintendent position has been vacant throughout this school year, the district reported. Both Cline and Smith will oversee instruction, with Cline also handling facilities and Smith working with transportation.

Cline has a 22-year career in education, which includes being a teacher and basketball coach at Madisonville North Hopkins High School and University Heights Academy. He served as MNHHS assistant principal before accepting a central office position five years ago. He earned a bachelor’s degree in French secondary education from Morehead State University, and a fifth-year certificate, master’s degree in education, and certificates in instructional leadership for supervisor of instruction, principal, and school superintendent, all from Murray State University.

“Working as a director has given Marty Cline the opportunity to develop an understanding of the district as a whole,” Ashby said. “As he moves into a new role, he will bring valuable experience he has gained with secondary instruction and assessment, graduation requirements, athletic programs, dual credit, gifted and talented and other initiatives.”

Cline said, “I would like to thank Mrs. Ashby and the Hopkins County Board of Education for allowing me the opportunity to work collaboratively with the administrative team in this new position. I am eager to serve the district in this enhanced role as we continue to partner with stakeholders to provide the best educational experience for our students.”

Smith’s 24-year career in education has included time spent as an elementary teacher, curriculum consultant, and district teacher consultant, as well as serving as WBES principal for the past four years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western Kentucky University, fifth-year certificate in elementary education from MSU, master’s degree and education specialist instructional leadership certification from University of the Cumberlands and school superintendent endorsement from MSU.

“Amy Smith’s responsibilities as principal of West Broadway have helped her identify with the everyday issues our children, families and staff face,” Ashby said. “She is in the trenches as a servant leader. She will always be a teacher at heart. This trait will serve the district well in her new position.”

Smith said, “I’m going to miss my Bobcat staff, students and parents. The last four years have been amazing building new relationships and working as a team at West Broadway. Being selected as assistant superintendent is an honor, and I’m excited to begin serving Hopkins County Schools in a new role.”

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