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Superintendent Announces Retirement

Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Dr. Deanna Ashby will retire effective June 30, 2021. Dr. Ashby and board chair John Osborne sit at tables with administrators in chairs behind them

“Upon reflection of our achievements together and the positive direction of the district, I believe the time is right for me to close my chapter as Superintendent of Hopkins County Schools,” she said in her retirement letter. “As I depart, I want to thank the board of education for having faith in me through the years and especially during the pandemic.”

Ashby has worked in the district for 29 years, serving as superintendent since 2016. Accomplishments during her tenure include the following:

  • Placing school resource officers at every school to make our campuses safer
  • Building a top-notch district leadership team of principals and directors that face every situation with bravery and courage
  • Creating the Inclusivity Committee and HCS Health Task Force to provide greater resources for our students and staff
  • Providing greater opportunities for communication with students, staff, and parents to increase feedback and develop a strategic system of response
  • Fostering the #TeamHopkins philosophy and culture of working together across the district sharing ideas so that we are the best choice possible for our students and community.

She asked the #TeamHopkins family to continue to serve as giant slayers and lion chasers for our students and each other. “We will always be One Team – One Mission – One Community for our students!”