On Monday, Hopkins County Schools Superintendent Dr. Deanna Ashby announced her plans to retire, effective June 30, 2021.
Dr. Ashby spent the last 29 years working in public schools after beginning her path in education as a business/marking teacher and cheer coach at South Hopkins High School and has served as the superintendent of HCS since July 1, 2016.
In a letter to the HCS Board of Education, Dr. Ashby recounted her time spent as an educator and reflected on various achievements and accomplishments. Dr. Asbhy says the accomplishments she's most proud of include:
- Placing school resource officers at every school to make HCS 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
"Upon reflect 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," Dr. Ashby said. "I ask you to accept my letter of retirement effective June 30, 2021. As I depart, I want to thank the board of education for having faith in me through the years and especially during the pandemic."