Supt. Marvin Moore to retire June 2018

Superintendent Marvin Moore

At the conclusion of the regular meeting of the Rowan County School Board, when Superintendent Marvin Moore began speaking about the many challenges facing public education in Kentucky, it came as a surprise to many in the audience when he announced his decision to retire effective June 30, 2018.


Marvin Moore came on board as Superintendent of Rowan County Schools in July 2005.  His history with Rowan County Schools began in 1969 when he was hired as a teacher at Farmers Elementary School.  By 1975, he took over as principal of Rowan County High School where he remained until 1993.  He also served as principal of Rowan County Middle School and McNabb Middle School (Montgomery County) as well as an educational specialist for the Gateway District Health Department until 2005.


Long a staunch proponent for public education, Mr. Moore has made no secret about his feeling toward any challenges made to cut access and/or funding to public education.  His most recent words came in response to the proposed budget offered by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.  Moore stated, “The cuts that the Governor has proposed in his budget will do only one thing – it will seriously harm our public education system.  The people that are supporting this budget proposal must not understand that they are putting their troubles on the backs of our students.  This budget will have a negative impact on everyone in this community, let alone the state, especially the future of our community – our students.”


As he was preparing to announce his decision to retire, Mr. Moore began listing many of the accomplishments that have occurred during his tenure. Some of those accomplishments include:

  • District-wide accreditation by AdvancEd
  • Centralized preschool created when Morehead Grade was renovated
  • Former kindergarten building sold to St. Claire Regional Medical Center
  • Renovations and additions made to Tilden Hogge Elementary
  • Softball complex built on high school campus
  • Complete renovation of HVAC, lighting systems at Rowan County Senior High School
  • Over $500,000 saved through performance-based energy contract with Harshaw-Trane
  • Construction of new middle school
  • RCMS now listed as a School To Watch
  • Renovations at Clearfield Elementary
  • Sold former Central Office to Morehead State University
  • Converted former middle school to new Central Office
  • Purchased 24 acres on Hwy 801 for site for future elementary school
  • Renovation of total high school without moving students or disrupting school year
  • Bonded $5,000,000 to purchase former site of KCTCS-Rowan Campus
  • Construction of multipurpose complex using monies from sale of Central Office
  • Safety award issued to District Transportation Department
  • Clean audit every year


He also listed his personal accomplishments, which include Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year, member of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, President of Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (2014-2016), and KEDC 2016 Superintendent of the Year.


Mr. Moore then said, “I am thankful for the board members, past and present, who have been supportive of my efforts.  I am thankful for the parents, many of whom were my students either at Clearfield, Farmers, RCMS, RCSHS, or a combination of these, for their confidence in me.   While we did not always agree, I think they knew I was going to be fair, firm, and consistent.  I am thankful for a staff who have worked hard every single day, 24-7, to give their all to their students.  It makes me sad that so many of our politicians in Frankfort do not have this same respect and admiration for these hard working professionals as I do.  Finally, I am thankful to the thousands of students that have touched my life in such a profound way that I could never put into words.” 


He then added, “No matter the role I have served in, from elementary teacher to high school principal, from middle school principal and to now as superintendent, my philosophy has always been these words – “It’s about the kids!”  I hope that when anyone says anything regarding my tenure as an educator, the first words from their lips will be that he truly cared about the students and that he put their needs first before anything else.”


Mr. Moore ended his remarks by saying, “I’ve done a lot of soul-searching in making this decision, but I can tell you that I will always bleed green.  Rowan County is my home and I will continue to support the Rowan County School District and help in any way to make it the best school district in Kentucky.”

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