Kevin Fugate has been selected District Director of Information and Technology after serving as Brooks Elementary School Principal.
He was not actively seeking a career move but could not pass an academic area that afforded educational enhancement.
“I saw the opening as an opportunity to grow as a leader in education and continue my work in Bullitt County,” he said.
Fugate invested two years at Brooks and anticipated a longer tenure.
“I did not expect to leave Brooks so soon,” he reflected. “However, I feel like I helped start a positive momentum at BES that hadn’t been done before. The groundwork had been laid for continued success at Brooks.”
And as a director at the district level, he still gets to check in with the students and staff who welcomed him so warmly to Bullitt County.
“I’m happy I’ll still get to see the great things that will come from there,” he smiled. “Brooks will always be home.”
Any change in leadership is bittersweet. While eager to tackle technology, Fugate will miss the daily school setting.
“I will miss seeing the kids every day, working with friends, and being in classrooms regularly,” he said.
With his focus now on technology at all grades levels, Fugate said short and long term goals include learning new skill sets and working with district professionals on projects that will further advance the district.
Fugate feels the most press issues facing technology today are all schools are challenged with building the right infrastructure to help students that are able to come to school and those who choose to learn remotely.
“As far as technology is concerned, our district is ahead of the curve,” he noted. “We are providing quality education to our students through technology that others may struggle to provide.”
Fugate earned a Bachelor’s degree in primary education from Morehead State University. He achieved a Master’s and Rank 1 in Reading and Writing Specialist/Principalship from Union College.
His work experience has all been at the elementary level beginning in Perry County Public School with Buckhorn Elementary as a fourth and fifth grade reading/social studies/math teacher from January 2001 - June 2004.
From there, he spent nine years at Big Creek Elementary teaching third grade self-contained and fourth grade math.
During the years 2013-2015, he taught fourth and fifth grade math and Language Arts at A.B. Combs Elementary before leaving the classroom to become assistant principal at R.W. Combs Elementary (July 2015-November 2016).
Fugate was interim principal at Robinson Elementary in November 2016 before being hired at Brooks.
He feels the 20 years he has invested in education has adequately prepared him for his district role.
He fills time away from school with various hobbies.
“My dogs go everywhere with me (except work). I enjoy playing outside with them and the occasional trip to the pet store to buy toys and treats. I also like traveling, playing video games, hiking, going to the gym, reading comics, and spending time with friends and family,” he said.