Webb named KEDC Superintendent of the Year

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

November 27, 2013

LEXINGTON — Floyd County Schools Supt. Dr. Henry Webb was named Superintendent of the Year last week by the Kentucky Educational Development Corporation.

Webb’s reaction to the honor is perhaps predictable, for a leader who is known for his emphasis on teamwork.

“This is really a team award,” Webb said when asked about the award Monday night. “It really is.”

Others, however, are quick to give Webb all the credit.

“Dr. Webb is an instructional leader who emphasizes that everything we do ‘rises or falls with leadership,’” says Dr. Patricia Watson, GAP/literacy coach with Floyd County Schools. “With this thinking, Dr. Webb has invested in growing a district of leaders whom he believes will impact the overall student achievement in our schools.”

“It’s often been said leadership is more than just a title, but how much more?” said consultant Phil Paige. “Perhaps leadership is best represented by an individual willing to give everything they have to being the face, voice and spirit of a worthwhile vision. For Floyd County Schools, that person is Dr. Henry Webb.”

“He is focused, establishes priorities and creates positive change in Floyd County Schools,” said Anna Shepherd, Director of Preschool and Head Start. “Dr. Webb’s leadership and his commitment to excellence for every child has greatly impacted our district.”

Webb is a Floyd County native who returned after college to begin what has become an 18-year career in the school system, including the last six as superintendent. During his time at the helm, Floyd County has seen its historical underperformance in academics turn around, moving from the 145th-ranked school district in 2005 to 52nd last year. The district has also seen tremendous gains in ACT scores, attendance, graduation and college and career readiness.

If Webb has his way, however, those improvements will be only the beginning.

“Things are moving in the right direction,” Webb said. “Now, we just have to take it to the next level.”

The Superintendent of the Year recipient is nominated by the 63 school superintendents who make up the KEDC board of directors. The award was sponsored by Insulated Roofing Contractors.

KEDC is Kentucky’s oldest and largest educational cooperative, providing support services to 67 school districts.