Boyle County names new high school principal

May 25, 2004

A Campbell County High School assistant principal has been named the new principal at Boyle County High School.

Elmer C. Thomas, of Richmond, one of four finalists in the search process, will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Kerry Anness, effective at the end of the current school year.

"We are extremely pleased to have Mr. Thomas coming to Boyle County High School. His knowledge and enthusiasm should help continue our progress toward both local and state goals," said Jenny Smiley, acting chairperson of the school's council.

"I am looking forward to the great opportunity as principal of Boyle County High School. Council members and central office personnel have been open and friendly, and I look forward to working with them, school staff and members of the community to focus on goals ahead that will ensure excellence for our students," said Thomas.


"Mr. Thomas emerged from an extremely strong pool of candidates and brings both management and instructional leadership experience from Campbell County," said Superintendent Pam Rogers. "We want to thank the council for the difficult work of discriminating among the candidates and finding the best fit for Boyle County High School. We are fortunate to have a dedicated council leading the staff. All of us stand ready to assist Mr. Thomas in any way we can."

Thomas has served as instructional leader of 1,500 students as an assistant principal at Campbell County High School in Alexandria since 2002 where he coordinated development of an intercession academic program. As the director of the Governor's Scholars Program at Northern Kentucky University, Thomas supervised 350 rising seniors and 25 faculty members.

From 2000 to 2002, he taught English and Spanish at Eastern Kentucky University. He was head of the foreign language department at Madison County High School in 2002 where he taught AP Spanish, developmental reading and advised the television media class.

From 1988 to 1994, Thomas taught Spanish and advised the yearbook class at Berea Independent High School.

Thomas holds Rank I certification, master's and bachelor's degrees and Reading Specialist endorsement from Eastern Kentucky University.

He was named Governor's Scholars Program Impact Teacher/Outstanding Educator three times between 1994 and 2001. In 1998 and 1999 he was named the Central Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association Conference Coach of the Year.

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