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Dr. James Flynn
James Flynn

I want to welcome everyone to the 2016-2017 school year for Simpson County Schools!  Our vision is to be a world-class educational system empowering all students to graduate LIFE-READY – academically and socially prepared for college and/or careers!  To that end, our mission is simple – to develop each child to their fullest potential and prepare them for the next level of life!  Our expectations are very high for every student and employee in our school system.  To meet this important vision and mission, we focus our efforts on five fundamental questions that drive the work of our schools:

  1. How will we build positive, professional relationships with students, their families and one another?
  2. How will we ensure we are teaching the standards that we expect all students to know and be able to do?
  3. How will we make sure our students have learned the standards?
  4. How will we “fix it” when students fall short of the standards?
  5. How will we provide enrichments and “stretch learning” for students who are already meeting or exceeding our learning goals?

We will maintain a sharp focus on these guiding questions in our work throughout the 2015-2016 school year to build on our many successes from last school year!

The 2014-2015 school year was a banner year!  Simpson County Schools is rated a Proficient District by the state assessment and accountability system performing in the 86th percentile or top 14%!  One of our chief goals is graduating students with a college and/or career readiness credential as defined by the state.  98% of our 2015 FSHS graduates earned credentials as college or career ready!  

FSHS earned a Distinguished Rating and performed in the top 3% of the state and is the top-ranked high school in south-central Kentucky!  US News and World Reports named FSHS One of the Best High Schools in America and the state designated it a HUB School for its performance excellence. 

Earning a Proficient Rating from the state, Franklin-Simpson Middle School also developed a statewide and national reputation for its implementation of The Leader in Me Program.  The Leader in Me Program is using pictures and ideas from FSMS nationwide as a model program. 

The Leader in Me Program is being implemented in all of our elementary schools with great success as well.  This program teaches timeless principles of effectiveness and centers around the idea that people must lead themselves effectively to achieve success.  It also emphasizes there are many ways to be a leader and contribute positively to society.  We are excited to begin the second year of implementation in our elementary and middle schools and launch full implementation of The Leader in Me in our high school!  

Education is a people business and it is our people who make our schools great!  We have amazing students with an array of talents and abilities.  Our teachers, administrators and support personnel are committed to our students and their well-being.  Our Board of Education: Brigette Crawford, Heidi Estes, Nanacy Uhls, Wes Stone and David Webster, are focused on student learning and efficient operations that results in high levels of performance throughout our school system.  We have supportive parents and community members who enrich the lives’ of our students in many ways.  We are very appreciative of this and invite continued community involvement and support for our schools. 

We have a talented team of people at our Central Office who are committed to our vision and mission.  Shelina Smith, Chief Academic Officer, lends her skills and efforts to support professional development, capacity-building for our teachers and leaders, and supporting high quality instruction in our classrooms.  Whittney Maxwell, Specialized Instructional Program Coordinator, will continue leading our efforts to implement effective intervention supports for students who need extra help meeting our learning goals.  Dr. Jana Kirchner is our Instructional Supervisor.  Her primary duties will be to coordinate the development of the district curriculum, consult with our schools on instruction and assessment issues, assist with the district assessment program, and serve as a resource in the selection of instructional programs/materials & textbooks for our students.  Helping us recruit and hire the very best folks to work with and around our students is Dr. Milli McIntosh, Director of Human Resources.  Joey Kilburn is our DPP/ Student Support Services Coordinator.  He leads and supports efforts to make our school safe and healthy places for students to learn and grow.  He also serves as the District Athletic Director.  Amanda Deweese, Chief Operations Officer, leads finance and business operations divisions.  Robert White, our Operations Manager, leads our maintenance and custodial services.   Sarah Richardson heads up our Food Service Program and Scot Perdue, our District Technology Coordinator, leads our technology initiatives with the help of Joe Avis and Krista Jackson.  Our School Psychologists, Briese Chapman and Jacquetta Johnson  provide expertise and support for students with special needs.  None of us could do our jobs well without the help of our administrative support team – Kim MoyersJulie Traughber, Ruth Britt, Lesley Forshee, Robin Clark, Melissa Franklin and Michelle Guess.  Our Central Office team is focused on providing exemplary leadership, service and support to our schools centered on the learning needs of our students.  Feel free to contact us at 586-8877 for assistance with any issue, need or question you may have about our school system. 

We are continuously working to improve our school system.  I invite you to help us in our mission to develop each child to their fullest potential, prepare them for the next level of life, and to graduate them college and/or career ready!  We welcome your feedback – positive or negative – on the job we’re doing serving the youth of Simpson County.  Remember, investing in our youth is an investment in our future – and our children are worth our commitment, time and resources!





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VISION: To be a world-class education system empowering all students to graduate LIFE-READY - academically and socially prepared for college and/or careers!

MISSION:  To develop each child to their fullest potential and prepare them for the next level of life!