Mark Wade to be new superintendent of Boyle County Schools

Published 6:17 pm Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Boyle County School Board has announced its new superintendent, Mark Wade, who will take over the position July 1, 2023.

Wade has been with the district for 20 years, serving in different capacities. He started as an Agriculture teacher and then moved up to become the assistant principal before assuming the role of the high school principal.

Wade is a seasoned educator, with over 21 years of experience and success as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and head principal. He is known for his focus on embracing a culture of academic excellence for every child, while also providing real-world learning opportunities. Wade is data-driven, emphasizing continuous improvement, and his leadership style is marked by a spirit of collaboration and transparency.

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As the principal of Boyle County High School, Wade has created a strong academic program that has seen the school consistently achieve high rankings and has the number one county High School in the state based on Kentucky Summative Assessment data. He has been instrumental in building a culture of collaboration and mutual respect among staff and students, resulting in a supportive learning environment.

As the new superintendent, Wade plans to continue his work of building a culture of academic excellence across the district.

“I am both excited and deeply honored to take on the role of superintendent,” he said. “I look forward to working alongside our dedicated teachers, administrators, and staff to provide our students with the absolute best education and opportunities for success.”

The announcement comes after current superintendent Mike LaFavers announced his retirement in September 2022. Since then, the board has been in the process of finding a new superintendent. Work by an elected screening committee began in January, consisting of the following people:

Certified Teacher Representative: Erin Deem

Certified Teacher Representative: Heather Wheeler

Classified Employee Representative: Jaime Kendrick

Board of Education Representative: Jennifer Newby

Principal Representative: Pam Shunk

Parent Representative: Sarah Wilkerson

Minority Parent Representative: Crystal McPherson