Frankfort, Ky, April 30, 2018 – Franklin County Schools Supt. Mark Kopp today announced that John Fields, an educator with 23 years of experience in various capacities, will be the new assistant superintendent for District Services. Fields replaces David Raleigh, who has been named the new superintendent in LaRue County. Both men will assume their new positions July 1.
“We had a number of outstanding candidates for this critical position,” said Kopp, “but John Fields stood out for a number of reasons. He has vast experience as a teacher and administrator, both at the state and local levels. This means he understands the practical needs of teachers and administrators, as well as the impact state and local education policies can have on educators and schools. John also has great leadership and interpersonal skills, meaning he knows how to relate to others and get their input and support as he works with them to develop and implement plans for improvement.”
Fields will manage and supervise the non-academic operations of the district, including district and student services, facilities management and maintenance, pupil transportation, human resources and food services. All these areas directly impact the operation of school buildings, the learning environment and the well-being of students.
Fields said, “I can’t think of a better opportunity for me to return to a local school district, where I can have the greatest impact on students. I have always enjoyed my time at the local level and miss the daily interaction with students and local leadership teams. I am thrilled to be returning to a vital role in a local district, and Franklin County is a perfect fit. Of course, the fact that my two boys attend school here is a huge positive and it gives me even greater motivation to see our schools succeed.”
Fields currently is deputy executive director of the Education Professional Standards Board, where he oversees many aspects of Kentucky’s teacher certification program. His experience also includes work in four Kentucky school districts as a teacher and principal, and he spent nine years at the Kentucky Department of Education working to improve school performance. He holds certifications for: district superintendent, instructional leadership supervisor, principal (grades K-12), social sciences (5-12), learning disabilities (K-12) and behavior disorders (K-12) and he is a certified mediator for educational disputes.
Raleigh, who has been assistant superintendent with Franklin County since 2016, was named LaRue County’s new superintendent on March 29.