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The Bardstown City Schools Board of Education voted unanimously today to appoint Dr. Ryan Clark as the next superintendent of Bardstown City Schools.  His appointment is effective July 1, 2018.


The selection wraps up a thorough search process that included a Screening Committee of employee and parent representatives presenting finalist candidates to the board members.  The three finalists answered questions during a Finalist Showcase on Monday evening and each was interviewed extensively by the members of the board of education. 


In a statement, Jennifer Shrewbury, board chairperson said, “All the finalists we interviewed were very highly qualified, making the decision a challenging one for the board.  However, the members of the Board were unanimous in their selection of Dr. Clark as the district’s next superintendent.  We feel that Dr. Clark has the right combination of focus on student achievement, vast district knowledge, and shared core values to lead the district into the future,” she said.


“Dr. Clark's demonstrated strength as a collaborative leader and focus on building positive relationships will only build on the great work of previous superintendents,” she continued.  “The board of education believes that Dr. Clark will be a visionary leader and is a great match for our staff, students, and community.


“We want to thank our entire community for their role in the process, especially the screening committee who played such a critical role and provided us with such excellent candidates,” Shrewsbury concluded.


Dr. Clark received his undergraduate degree from Morehead State University in Environmental Science and Marketing, a Master’s degree in Education from Spalding University, and his Level II Principal Certification from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Clark received his Superintendent and Instructional Certification from UK in 2015. 


He completed work on his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky, also in 2015. Recently, Dr. Clark completed the Leadership Institute for School Principals sponsored by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.


Clark began his teaching career at Bloomfield Middle School in 2000. He served as acting assistant principal and then as principal of Old Kentucky Home Middle School.  He then accepted the position of Assistant Principal of Bardstown High School in 2011 before he was selected as Principal of Bardstown Middle School, a position he has held since 2013.


In response to his appointment, Clark said, ”It is a great honor to be named Bardstown City School's ninth superintendent.  It is very special to me to be taking on such an important role in a district that I hold so dear.  I look forward to working together with our outstanding teachers and staff to continue providing the learning opportunities for our students that our community has come to expect.  I am humbled by the board of education putting their faith in me to carry on our proud 110-year tradition.”


Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Clark, newly appointed Superintendent of Bardstown City Schools!


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