School board group selects experienced educator for executive director

February 14, 2014 

An educator whose experience includes stints in Kentucky and international classrooms as well as leadership roles at the district and state level has been selected for the top staff position with the Kentucky School Boards Association.

Michael Allen "Mike" Armstrong of Louisa has been chosen unanimously by the KSBA Board of Directors to become the next executive director of Kentucky's largest organization of local elected officials.

Armstrong, 59, is in his fifth year as superintendent of the Lawrence County Schools.

KSBA President Durward Narramore of the Jenkins Independent Board of Education said Armstrong's varied expertise developed in a 33-year career in education and his passion for quality teaching and learning sold the association's 27-member board.

"Mike's resume is impressive from his beginning as a special education teacher to his development as a principal, administrator with the Kentucky and Ohio departments of education and his work leading the Lawrence County system," Narramore said. "He also brings to our management team the background of an elected official (former city councilman and mayor of Louisa) and leadership roles in such organizations as the Lawrence County Education Association, Kentucky Association of School Superintendents, Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. In short, KSBA is gaining a chief administrator of tremendous past practice and just as promising potential to grow our organization's services to local school leaders."

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