Superintendent Floyd Resigns to Take Position With Department of Education

Tommy Floyd
Tommy Floyd

Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Floyd announced today that he will be leaving the district. Dr. Floyd will become the Chief of Staff for the Kentucky Department of Education.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to be a servant to all Kentucky Public School children and their schools as I settle into this new position,” Floyd said. His duties with the department of education will begin on July 1.

“I am grateful for the invitation from Mike Caudill to join the Madison County Schools team in 2006,” Floyd said. “And I remain very grateful to the entire MCS leadership team for seven wonderful years serving kids here.”

The many accomplishments achieved under Dr. Floyd’s direction include:
• EKU Now
• Learn Well Be Well Clinics
• Middle College at EKU
• Madison County Early Childhood Alliance
• Literacy Education and Awareness Program (LEAP)
• Transition Math and Reading Courses
• Student Voice for middle and high school
• Superintendent Teen Task Force
• Mentoring programs such as the African American Male Focus Group
• Project Succeed
• Introduction to Health Careers courses
• College and Career Readiness focus
• Student Achievement focus
• Coordinated School Health program emphasis

“Dr. Floyd’s departure from Madison County Schools leaves me with mixed emotions,” said Madison County Schools Board Chair Mona Isaacs. “I am sorry to lose such a hard-working, dedicated superintendent. Through my years on the Madison County School Board, I have witnessed firsthand his passion for serving the students of Madison County and the endless energy he puts into everything does. He has certainly earned this opportunity to further his career. I know his energy and passion for serving students will benefit the entire state. This new role gives him the opportunity to make a positive impact on ALL the students in Kentucky.”

Dr. Floyd has 28 years of experience in education – as a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, a principal, an assistant superintendent, Chief Academic Officer and Superintendent.

“As I move to the Department of Education, I hope to assist the leadership team with reform efforts on behalf of Kentucky’s more than 600,000 students,” Floyd said. “Kentucky’s #10 ranking in Education Week’s 2013 report card did not happen accidently. The KDE leadership team has focused on each element of the NCLB waiver and has established a sound infrastructure under Senate Bill 1. It is an exciting time to be working with Kentucky superintendents, school boards, faculty and staff, and I believe we can continue to brighten the future of Kentucky’s children.

The Madison County Schools Board of Education will likely include an executive session as part of next Thursday’s regular meeting to discuss options for a search for a new superintendent, Isaacs said.

EDUCATION COMMISSIONER NAMES FLOYD CHIEF OF STAFF

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday has named Thomas G. “Tommy” Floyd to the newly created position of chief of staff at the Kentucky Department of Education. Floyd is currently the superintendent of the Madison Co. Schools.

Holliday said the position is needed due to the large number of initiatives that the department is implementing related to Senate Bill 1 (2009) and the state’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and the “increasing need to collaborate and coordinate with our stakeholders and partner groups.”

In naming Floyd to the position, Holliday praised his work as a Kentucky educator, “Tommy’s focus on student success, data-driven decision making and continuous improvement aligns with the department’s efforts to better public education in our state. He recognizes the collaborative nature of our work and understands what it will take for all students to graduate college- and career-ready,” Holliday said.

Floyd has headed the Madison Co. Schools since March 2008 after serving as interim superintendent and chief academic officer for two years. During his tenure in Madison Co., he helped launch a number of new initiatives including a Middle College program, transitional mathematics and reading courses based on ACT benchmarks for college readiness and the Positive Approach to Student Suspensions that decreased suspensions in the district by 34 percent.

“Dr. Floyd’s departure from Madison County Schools leaves me with mixed emotions,” said Madison County Board of Education Chair Mona Isaacs. “I am sorry to lose such a hard-working, dedicated superintendent. But I am very happy for him. This new role gives him the opportunity to make a positive impact on ALL the students in Kentucky.”
Prior to Madison Co., Floyd worked in the Wayne Co. and Montgomery Co Schools, Somerset Independent Schools, and at the Kentucky Department of Education, where he was a Highly Skilled Educator. Over the last 28 years, Floyd has been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent.

His recognitions include Kentucky Association of School Administrators Administrator of the Year, the Kentucky School Boards Association Kids First Advocacy Award and the national Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award.

Floyd serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Advisory Council; the Southeast/South Central Education Cooperative; and as a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators New Superintendent Training design team among other activities.

Floyd holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and master’s degree in Biology Education from Georgetown College, principal and superintendent certifications from Eastern Kentucky University and will be awarded a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University in May.

He is married to Cecilia Floyd, a teacher in the Rockcastle County School District. They have two children – Morgan, a senior at Georgetown College; and Jonathan, a freshman at Eastern Kentucky University.

Floyd will begin as chief of staff at the Kentucky Department of Education July 1 at a salary of $131,000.

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