It is unfortunate that affecting lives for 13 years and taking a promotion with the Kentucky Department of Education is summarized by a Herald-Leader headline, “He fought for a new high school and lost. Now principal is leaving.”
Rob Akers took Woodford County High School from a middle-of-the-pack mentality and built it into an educational juggernaut and Top 10 state school. Under his guidance, more students graduated prepared for college, and hundreds of students have earned dual credit with partnerships with state institutions of higher learning.
I worked under Akers for four years, and I can honestly say he did everything he could to give kids in Woodford every opportunity for post-secondary success.
Woodford County will remember his tenure as characterized by the county’s Chief Academic Officer Jimmy Brehm: He fought for 13 years for students to have a safe, high quality, and positive environment to learn in…and won.