Rockcastle superintendent, Garrard board chairman get state honors

Rockcastle County Schools Superintendent Larry Hammond has received the 2011 F.L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award, and Joe E. Brown, chairman of the Garrard County Board of Education, has received the 2011 Proudfoot Award for outstanding school board member in Kentucky.

Both statewide awards were presented Friday at the Kentucky School Boards Association's annual conference in Louisville.

Hammond, who has headed the Rockcastle school district for 16 years, was recognized for his communication skills and his leadership in finance, educational programs and community relations.

Under his leadership, the Rockcastle district's assessment scores rose from the mid-50s level on the old Kentucky Instructional Results Information System test program to a transition index score of 97 in 2009. He directed ambitious construction and renovation programs, including the opening of a 60,000-square-foot technology center in 2008.

Rockcastle Judge-Executive Buzz Carloftis also credits Hammond with helping to save almost 100 jobs by allowing a local company to temporarily use vacant school property until new facilities were completed. The parents of many Rockcastle County students worked at the company.

Brown has served 24 years on the Garrard school board, the past decade as chairman. During his tenure, the district built new middle and high schools and three elementary schools. He also led the board through three superintendent searches.

The Proudfoot Award is sponsored by the Kentucky PTA.

The F.L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award is presented by the family of the late F.L. Dupree Sr., a Lexington businessman and education supporter.