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Boyd school board superintendent resigning

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

ASHLAND -- Boyd County School Board members are interviewing five candidates for superintendent after Howard K. Osborne announced his intention to resign April 1.

The board named Assistant Superintendent Brock Walter to serve as interim superintendent until a replacement is named, Board Chairman Bob Green said.

"We want the transition to be as smooth as possible," Green said Tuesday. "We would like to have a new superintendent in the next 60 days." The board has interviewed one candidate already and plans to interview another Wednesday, he said. "We plan to interview all five."

Mike Oder, superintendent search consultant for the Kentucky School Board Association in Frankfort, said there were 26 applications for the job. Five of those names were submitted to the board earlier this month.

"My eight years in the Boyd County School District have been some of the happiest of my career," Osborne said. "Thanks to the efforts of many wonderful employees, we can be proud of our accomplishments. I've had a wonderful career. I think we made a lot of wonderful, positive changes."

One of the biggest accomplishments was the opening of the new $42 million high school building off Kentucky 180 in December, Osborne said. "It's something our kids needed. We are working on college and career readiness."

The district also has made changes in the past three years to allow high school students to get up to 60 hours of college credit tuition free at Morehead State University

In his retirement letter, Osborne, 60, said the district's proficiency rates have risen from 55 to 75 percent, and math proficiency rates have increased from 37 to 64 percent in the past six years while the college and career readiness rate increased to 48.6 percent.

"We have accomplished so much over the past eight years, including raising student achievement and building Kentucky's newest high school," Osborne said.

"My family needs me at this time," he said. "My dad is in a rehabilitation center, and my mother is living alone. Both have medical needs.

"I might want to get back in education some day," he said.

Osborne, who has worked 60 to 70 hours a week, will be back in the office Wednesday for the last time. He currently is working on the system's five-year accreditation.

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