Julia Roberts Goad
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — The resignation of Pike County Board of Education Superintendent Roger Wagner will leave an opening to be filled by the Board,
Wagner resigned earlier this week, effective in August. His resignation was accepted by a three to two vote.
One of the two Board members who voted against accepting Wagner’s resignation, Justin Maynard, said he wanted Wagner to vacate his post immediately, citing Pike County students’ test scores.
Earlier this year, the new ‘Unbridled Learning’ model released this week deemed that the district ‘needs improvement.’
Unbridled Learning assessments measure schools in five areas: achievement, growth, college and career readiness, graduation rate and gap, which compares performance of students with special educational needs or who receive free or reduced lunch.
The assessment ranks Pike County schools as in the ‘need improvement’ category. The district was ranked in the 18th percentile of schools in the state based on scores in those five categories.
Wagner said that the test scores could not be blamed on any single person.
The Daily News spoke to Board member Chuck Johnson about the process of choosing a new Superintendent.
“There are guidelines from the state,” Johnson said. “There will be a search committee made up of principals from high schools and middle schools, teachers and citizens. They screen the applicants, and the Board chooses from those who pass the screening process.”
He said there are actually only two positions in the school system that the Board hires: superintendent and the Board’s attorney.
The Daily News contacted the Pike Board of Education to obtain details about the process of choosing a superintendent, but repeated calls to their office were not returned.