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Biography for Lisa James

Lisa James became superintendent of the Carroll County School District in July 2008 after serving the district as director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for five years. Since 2008, she has focused on student achievement, accountability for all, and developing community and family support, encouraging everyone to be “A Champion for Kids.” Over the past four and a half years, Ms. James has led the district of approximately 2000 students and 300 staff members toward the accomplishment of these goals and the ultimate aim of preparing all students who graduate from Carroll County High School to be college, career, and citizenship ready.

During her tenure as superintendent, Ms. James has helped the district to initiate several new programs, including the following:
-Established a comprehensive early childhood program to provide quality care for children from low-income families and for those with   disabilities as a result of completing the construction of the new Carroll County Child Development Center.
-Facilitated the renovation of the Cartmell Elementary School, a 49 year old building that recently achieved the ENERGY STAR® from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for superior energy efficiency.
-Implemented one-to-one computing for juniors and seniors at Carroll County High School and received the Rural Utilities Systems Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant to install high quality video conferencing equipment in every school.

-Recognized by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as being in the top five small school districts nationally for the application of technology.
-Increased the number of high school students taking Advanced Placement classes and, as a result, earned the Bronze Award for Carroll County High School for being among America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report.
-Partnered with North American Stainless to increase student access to the arts by adding chorus at all schools and becoming the first district in the Commonwealth to form a musical ensemble at its alternative learning center.
-Developed a comprehensive K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Program, which including robotics, Engineering is Elementary, and Project Lead the Way.
-Partnered with the law enforcement, juvenile justice, mental health, and social service agencies to address individual learning barriers through the Providing Enhancements to Elevate Learning (PEEL) and Behavior Management Team (BMT) Programs.

Mrs. James began her career at Carroll County Middle School as a mathematics teacher in January 1987 after completing her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Eastern Kentucky University in 1986. She was awarded a master’s degree in elementary education from Georgetown College in 1989.

After teaching for 10 years, James became the Carroll County Middle School Instructional Coach and also began working on her Rank I in Instructional Leadership at the University of Louisville.

After completing her Rank I and earning her principal’s certificate in 1999, she served as principal of Milton Elementary in Trimble County from 1999-2003.

While serving as Carroll County Schools Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Mrs. James earned her superintendent’s certification from University of Louisville in 2004.

As superintendent, Mrs. James serves on the board of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, Commissioner’s Closing Achievement Gap Committee, the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, Carroll County Community Development Corporation, Carroll County Memorial Hospital, and the Carroll County Training Consortium.

Mrs. James, a 1976 graduate of Switzerland County High School in Indiana, attended Purdue University. She married Ed James, a local attorney. They have two daughters and six grandchildren.

When the Carroll County Board of Education announced her hiring, Mrs. James said that her mission is simple: “Being a Champion for the Kids in Carroll County.”


Biography for Tommy Floyd

Thomas G. “Tommy” Floyd became superintendent of Madison County Schools in March of 2008 after serving the district as Interim Superintendent and Chief Academic Officer. His focus as superintendent revolves around three concepts: Student Centered, Data Driven and Continuously Improving. These concepts help Mr. Floyd and the district to take the appropriate steps toward the success of the more than 10,400 students in Madison County Schools.

Since taking over as superintendent, Mr. Floyd has helped initiate several new programs including:

    Literacy Education and Awareness Program (LEAP) for early childhood development;
    Madison County Early Childhood Alliance with community child care agencies;
    EKU Now program which offers dual high school and college credit for those students who qualify;
    Transition math courses that have saved parents more than $200,000+ in tuition costs;
    Positive Approach to Student Suspension that has decreased suspensions district wide by 61 percent;
    School-based health clinics that offer general healthcare to all students;
    Farm to School program;
    Project Succeed which focuses on assisting teen parents to stay in school and experience success;
    African American Male Focus Group that offers mentoring opportunities for minority students;
    Superintendent Teen Task Force – teen leadership development;
    The Middle College at EKU;
    AP Cohort program for advanced placement;
    and Student Voice at the middle and high schools.

Mr. Floyd’s education career spans 28 years and includes positions in Wayne County Schools, Somerset Independent Schools, Montgomery County Schools, and the Kentucky Department of Education. Mr. Floyd has been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, a principal, a Highly Skilled Educator for KDE, an assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools.

As a result of his dedicated service to students, Mr. Floyd has been recognized state-wide for his accomplishments. He was selected as Kids First Advocacy Award winner for the Kentucky School Boards Association in 2009. In 2004, Mr. Floyd was selected Kentucky High School Principal of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals and Kentucky Association of School Administrators. Mr. Floyd has also received accolades from the Kentucky Library Media Specialists Association, Eastern Kentucky University, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association. He was recently chosen to receive the 2012 National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Award for supporting Madison County’s Reading Recovery program.

Mr. Floyd is a National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) board member. He serves on the Kentucky School Boards Association Policy Development Committee and is a member of the Scholastic Administrator Magazine Advisory Council. Mr. Floyd serves on the Governor’s Early Childhood Council. He is currently serving on the Southeast South Central Cooperative (SESC) executive committee.

Mr. Floyd 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.