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The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Chuck Hamilton as the next superintendent during a special meeting Thursday, May 5.
Board Chairman Michael Mullins said Hamilton is the right person for the job.
“He told us during his interview that this would be a lifelong dream of his to be superintendent of Marion county schools,” Mullins said. “He grew up here, started here... I think it says a lot that we have a person in our community that will be able to perform the duties of a superintendent and lead us forward. I have all the confidence in the world that he is going to do that.”
This was the second time Hamilton applied to be Marion County Superintendent.
Hamilton was one of four candidates considered for the Marion County Superintendent position in 2009, but the school board hired Donald W. Smith of Mercer County (who resigned in January of this year). Ironically, Hamilton was then named the Mercer County superintendent. He said the past two years as Mercer County superintendent have been invaluable. Like many school districts across the state, Mercer County has experienced a declining economy, declining enrollment and a merger of two school districts.
"I have learned a tremendous amount about how important communication is and how important transparency is," Hamilton said. "I've learned how important it is to be up front and allow input from lots of different constituents before decisions are made."
Hamilton started his career as a math teacher at St. Charles Middle School in 1985. He became assistant principal at Marion County High School in 1993. From 1994-95, he taught in Nelson County, but then returned to Marion County as the principal at St. Charles. From 2000 to 2005, he served as the principal of Marion County High School. From 2005 to 2009, he became the finance and personnel director for Marion County Public Schools.
Because a vast majority of his career was spent in Marion County, Hamilton thinks coming back to the Marion County school district could be a seamless and smooth transition.
"This is home to me. It's where my heart is," Hamilton said. "I feel like the county and the community has been good to me. I would like to be able to come back and give back. I really would like to have the opportunity."
Hamilton, whose entire family and wife's family are from Marion County, said he has a vested interest in the community. In fact, he still has a house in Lebanon, as well as a house in Mercer County.
Hamilton said if he's given the opportunity to be Marion County's next superintendent, he wants to make sure everyone in the district has the same vision, and that expectations are very clear.
"I would want to formulate a plan to work toward so that we aren't derailed by the economy or changes in legislation, and that our focus remains on student opportunities."
Hamilton is a graduate of St. Catherine Junior College and Eastern Kentucky University. He also received his master's degree and Rank I from EKU. He's currently working on earning his doctorate in education at the University of Kentucky.
See more information in the coming days on our web site and in the May 11th edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.