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Outgoing superintendent receives ‘exemplary’ evaluation

Calen McKinney

Campbellsville Independent Schools


During his last meeting as Campbellsville Independent Schools’ superintendent, Mike Deaton received the highest evaluation possible.


At Campbellsville Board of Education’s special meeting on Monday, June 19, Deaton thanked the District’s staff members, parents and students for the opportunity to be their superintendent.


CHS Principal Kirby Smith will become superintendent on Saturday, July 1.


Mike Deaton     Kirby Smith

Mike Deaton                                  Kirby Smith


“I want to make sure that I offer my congratulations and support to Mr. Smith,” Deaton said.


He said he will be available as a resource for Smith as he transitions from Campbellsville High School principal to superintendent.


“I’ve done all I can to set the bar as low as possible for him to succeed and be successful, so I think everything is in place for him to have a great run as superintendent,” Deaton said. “I know he will do well.”


Deaton said staff members are supportive of Smith and will help him move the District forward.


“I see nothing but great things ahead, and I think the District will be well served with him leading us forward,” he said.


Deaton expressed his sincere appreciation to Board members and the school community for having the opportunity to serve as superintendent for the past eight years.


“It seems like it’s gone by fairly quickly, now that it’s over,” he said. “We had a lot of trials and tribulations as we tried to move our District forward and get ourselves in good position.”


Deaton said the District has had to deal with several naysayers who believed the school system couldn’t get to where it is academically or financially.


“I can’t express my gratitude enough for the staff and what they’ve been able to do over that time.”


“I hope that time will be kind to my tenure here,” he said.


Deaton said he has spent lots of time working and will now spend time working at living as he retires.


“Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart,” he said.


“Especially, I’ve got to thank our staff. I certainly am only a part of what’s been accomplished here.”


Board Chair Pat Hall said many tears have been shed since Deaton announced his intention to retire at the end of June.


“It’s something we knew was going to happen eventually,” she said. “And eventually seems to catch up with us.”


Hall said the Board members know Deaton has not only accepted accolades on the District’s behalf, but also fought for what’s best for the school system.


“But he’s done it for the District,” he said.


“And we’ve supported him. We hope we’ve supported him well. We’re going to continue to support him in whatever choices he makes down the road.”


In one of his last official duties as superintendent, Hall said, Deaton must have a final evaluation.


“Mr. Deaton has always done very well on his superintendent evaluation, because he’s deserved it,” Hall said. “Everything has been earned.”


There are seven standards in the superintendent evaluation, she said, and Deaton received the highest mark – “exemplary” – in all seven.


Deaton’s complete evaluation is available on the CIS website, www.cville.kyschools.us, by clicking the “Board” tab and looking at the Board meeting documents on the right side of the page.


Hall announced that Smith’s contract should be completed in the next few days, so he can officially become superintendent on Saturday, July 1.


The details of Smith’s contract, she said, will be released at an upcoming meeting.


Deaton became superintendent in 2009 and has served in that capacity ever since. Before that, he served as CHS principal for two years.


Smith, who is originally from Taylorsville, graduated from Campbellsville University in 1993.


He completed master’s degrees at Asbury College and Eastern Kentucky University, and later superintendent certification.


Smith worked for Spencer County Schools from 1994 to 2004.


He began working for Campbellsville Independent Schools in 2004 as a special education teacher at CHS.


In 2008, he became assistant principal, under then CHS Principal Mike Deaton.


A year later, Smith became CHS principal as Deaton became superintendent.


In addition to being principal, Smith is the head CHS baseball coach, though he officially resigned that position in a letter dated Tuesday, June 6.


“I have enjoyed my tenure as the baseball coach and look forward to the many more successes the program will have,” Smith wrote.


“I hope to stay involved in the program in some aspect, but due to my new job as superintendent with the District, I will need to devote all my time and energy to this new position.”


Smith is married to Andrea Deaton-Smith, and they have three children, Kameron, a freshman at Campbellsville High School; Kaylyn, an eighth-grader at CMS; and Karsyn Smith, who is a second-grader at Green County Primary School.


Also at the Meeting:


  • The former CES preschool building, located at 240 W. Main St. was declared surplus. Deaton said the stone used to make the building will be sold and the remainder will be demolished to create additional parking. He said the work will be done as part of a project to improve the overall look of the Campbellsville middle and high school campuses. On one side, he said, CHS art teacher Jo Ann Harris and some of her students have created a mural. The preschool building is on the other side of the campus.


  • An equipment truck was purchased for the Campbellsville High School marching band. Deaton said the band has grown in numbers, and, therefore, needs a larger vehicle to haul equipment to and from performances.


  • Board members approved the 2017-2018 certified evaluation plan.


  • The 2017-2018 student teacher agreement with Campbellsville University was approved.


  • Flexible professional development days for the 2017-2018 school year were approved.


  • A renovation change order was approved for work done at CES, in the amount of $917.16, to make a sink accessible for those with disabilities.


  • Board members approved the 2017-2018 property, commercial, auto liability insurance and workers compensation policies.


  • A contract with The Kid SpOt Center LLC was approved to provide therapy services in the District for the 2017-2018 school year.


  • Board members had first reading of a Kentucky School Boards Association policy update and approved an update to KSBA administrative procedures.


  • Deaton presented the District’s financial report for May. Revenue was $925,771.70 and expenses were $1,134,981.48. Closing balance at the end of May was $4,437,995.04. Deaton said the District’s end of the year financial report will be discussed at the Board’s next regular meeting. Overall, he said, this fiscal year has been another good one for the District.


  • This month’s personnel report includes:
    • Resignations – Melissa Pratt and Hailey Ogle, who were teachers at Campbellsville Elementary School. Ogle also resigned as Campbellsville Middle School assistant volleyball coach and Kirby Smith resigned as CHS head baseball coach.
    • Retired Employees – Sherry Cowherd, CES preschool teacher; and Mike Deaton, superintendent.
    • New Hire – Cassidy Scantland, CHS boys’ golf coach.
    • Transfers – Teachers Kaye Agathen, Samantha Coomer, Tammy Hash, Lisa Kearney, Garnetta Murrell, Ann Michael Tucker, Donna White and Maranda Wright, from Campbellsville Middle School to Campbellsville Elementary School; Dee Doss, CMS/CHS college and career readiness counselor, Jessica Floyd, CES/CMS music teacher; Ricky Hunt, director of federal programs; Amber Johnson, CES special education teacher; Elisha Rhodes, CES principal; and Kim Wagers, CES instructional assistant.
    • Non-Renewal – Leticia Lopez Rioja, CHS Spanish teacher.


  • The Board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at the Board office. It is open to the public.

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