Ritchie County starts the school year with a new superintendent


Ritchie County schools will have new leadership heading into the school year. 

During last school year, the school bond came up for public vote twice and failed. This year though, there are a few things that are more certain for Ritchie County, and for one, that’s a new superintendent. 

“This is my 34th year in public education. I have spent 22 years in administration. I have been a building level principal and a superintendent at various different counties,” said Jim Brown, superintendent. 

Students head back to the classrooms on August 15 and Brown said now is the time to be united in a simple mission. 

“We are going to focus on teaching and learning. That has always been my driving force in administration and as a teacher,” added Brown. 

Last year was filled with questions about whether or not the school bond would pass, but this year Brown said his biggest concern is what is inside the school. 

“At the end of the day, school is about the people inside it and our greatest resources are our teachers and our support staff and our students,” explained Brown. 

The first day for students is Wednesday, August 15. 

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