Magoffin County has new superintendent

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Magoffin County schools have been through a lot this year, dealing with extensive tornado damage and budget woes.

Superintendent Joe Hunley announced earlier this year he is retiring, and the board recently voted to hire Stanley Holbrook to fill the position.

Holbrook is no stranger to working for school systems.

"My career started in Boone County, Kentucky, in Florence. I taught six years of agriculture and FFA there. Then I had a chance to come back to eastern Kentucky, so I came back home," he said.

He worked for Magoffin County schools for another 27 years then settled into retirement.

But since then the current Magoffin County superintendent announced his retirement, and soon after that, the March 2 tornado hit, leaving schools badly damaged during a statewide budget crunch.

Despite that, Holbrook thought this was a good time to rejoin the work force.

"I wanted to step in and maybe bring some financial stability. We'll have some cuts. I understand that, and they've already made a lot of cuts," he said.

Holbrook says he knows he is stepping in at a turbulent time for the school system, with tornado-damaged schools and a very fragile budget, but he says he believes he is coming in fully prepared to help the school system through it.

"It's not something you're going to cure overnight. It's going to be a long process, and it might not even be during my tenure," he said.

He says as superintendent he plans to be an active part of the schools' everyday routines.

"I'm not an office person. I'm a hands-on person, and I'll be there every day to make sure they get the support that they need to be successful in training our children," he said.

He says he is just ready to jump in and get started.

"Scared and excited both. I haven't worked in three years so just getting out of bed at 6 o'clock in the morning will be different to me!" he said.

Holbrook will officially take over as superintendent July 2.

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