Veteran educator Vicki Ritchie is the Fayette Public Schools' new director of high schools.
Ritchie, 50, who has been principal at Lafayette High School for the past four years, succeeds Mike McKenzie, who is retiring after 33 years in education.
Fayette Superintendent Tom Shelton announced the appointment Thursday. Ritchie will take over new duties overseeing the district's five high schools on July 1.
A 27-year veteran, Ritchie taught mathematics at Bryan Station Middle School and Henry Clay High School. She then moved into administration, spending five years as associate principal at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School before assuming the top spot at Lafayette.
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"I believe high school students are at a pivotal time in their lives, where we have a huge responsibility to help acclimate them to our community, but also teach them to think critically so they can help improve it," Ritchie said in a statement.
"I love working with kids at this age, and I love working alongside other people who love working with them too."
Ritchie and her husband, Steve, have two grown sons. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky, as well as her rank 1 in supervision and administration.