Allen County Schools welcomed a new superintendent Thursday, announcing Trigg County Public Schools Superintendent Jason Travis Hamby as a replacement for retiring Superintendent Randall Jackson.

Speaking to the Daily News on Friday, Hamby said he was excited to continue his career in a school district that adopts a “student-centered learning” approach focused on providing high-quality learning experiences to prepare students for life post-graduation. As a parent to three boys, Hamby also said the community in Allen County offers the values he wants for his family.

“There is a great leadership team in place here and I look forward to working alongside them and partner with them to continue to build upon the great work that is happening in Allen County Schools and see us move forward into the future,” Hamby said in a news release announcing the news. “I am 100 percent committed to being here and to support the students of Allen County.”

Hamby has served as superintendent of Trigg County Public Schools since July 2010. Before that, he was assistant superintendent of operations and personnel there for three years, according to the news release.

Hamby has also served as the principal of South Todd Elementary School and assistant principal of Todd County Middle School, both in Todd County. As a teacher, he taught math in the Hopkins County School District, the release said.

Hamby graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He also earned his master’s degree in education and his Rank 1 at Murray State University.

Jackson has been superintendent of Allen County Schools since 2007.

Speaking to reporters following the announcement Thursday, Hamby said he wants to spend the first few months on the job getting to know the school district and community, along with letting it get to know him.

“I want to spend time listening and learning about this community from our students, our teachers, our staff, our community members, and our business partners,” Hamby said in the release.

“I want to really hear from them about what it is about Allen County schools that makes them great and what are the things you don’t want to see changed and ask the question – where do you want to see Allen County (schools) go?” he said. “I also want to ask what the things are we need to be doing to better equip our students and empower them to go to the next level, see them be successful beyond high school, and to see them add value back to our community.”

– Follow education reporter Aaron Mudd on Twitter @BGDN_edbeat or visit bgdailynews.com.

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Education reporter. Covers education and related issues, focusing primarily on the Bowling Green and Warren County public school districts and Western Kentucky University.

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