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Stafford tabbed to lead Owen schools

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By Molly Haines

A unanimous vote by the five members of the Owen County Board of Education will bring Rob Stafford back to the district where his career first began.
This time, he will serve as the district’s leading man.
A resident of Owen County with a long history in the district, Owen County School Board Chairman Stuart Bowling said Stafford is exactly what the district has needed.
“We used the term ‘healer’,” Bowling said. “We needed a healer for the district and we just felt like he had all of the qualifications to be that person.”
The district received a total of 11 applicants, three of which were interviewed.
Following the interviews, it was the board’s consensus Stafford was the one they wanted, Bowling said.
“I think the entire board probably agreed on (Stafford’s) leadership capabilities,” Bowling said. “… He has the qualifications that we wanted and he had put many years into the system here before applying for superintendent.”
A native of Camargo, Stafford graduated from Montgomery County High School in 1985 and then attended Berea College where he received an undergraduate degree in 1989.
Stafford said most of his graduate studies were done at the University of Kentucky and he is currently working on a doctorate degree at Northern Kentucky University.
Stafford began his career in education at Maurice Bowling Middle School in 1993 as a seventh-grade social studies teacher. He also served as assistant principal at MBMS, principal at Owen County Elementary School, Owen County School District finance officer and Owen County School District director of pupil personnel.
After leaving the Owen County School District, Stafford took a position in the Scott County School District as director of student services and has served as Scott district’s director of human resources since July 2012.
Stafford and his wife Jennifer have a daughter currently enrolled in the Owen County School District and a son who has yet to begin school.
Stafford said he felt like now was the perfect time to return to the district.
“I have an invested interest in seeing this district do well and perform well,” Stafford said. “I have a background with many faculty and staff members and I know the way this district operates and has operated.”
Bowling said a salary has not been set, but that Stafford’s contract will last through June 30, 2016.
“We don’t have it all finalized out yet,” Bowling said. “But that will probably take place at the next board meeting.”
Stafford said a decision regarding when he will officially take over as superintendent is still up in the air.
“They need to be able to fill the position I’m in here at Scott County,” Stafford said. “It’s going to be soon, but for Scott County to let me out of my contract I have to very respectful, but they’re looking at the options to fill that job.”
Stafford said he hopes to manage the district in an efficient and effective manner.
“I look forward to having a great working relationship with faculty and staff,” Stafford said. “There are two things that are first and foremost on a superintendent’s mind and that’s safety and student achievement. Those are the two areas I want to focus on, managing the entire district as effectively and efficiently as possible while providing the type of education that our kids need.”
No matter the issue, Stafford said he hopes to work with students, parents and the entire community to have great improvement.