Longtime JCPS administrator Lynne Wheat announces retirement - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Longtime JCPS administrator Lynne Wheat announces retirement

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A longtime administrator with Jefferson County Public Schools announced her plans to retire from the district on Thursday.

Lynne Wheat, one of six assistant superintendents who oversees academics in the district, has been an educator for 39 years and has spent the last 27 years in JCPS.

"I love JCPS and I will always be an advocate for public education and schools in this district," said Wheat, who oversees 24 schools in Area 6. "It's been an honor to work with so many wonderful principals and teachers over the years. I have been blessed."

Wheat is a native of Corydon, Ind. and earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University, her master's degree from the University of Louisville and completed her doctoral work at Spalding University.

She worked as a resource teacher and education specialist for the district and later served as principal at Goldsmith and Norton elementary schools before returning to central office to work with administrator recruiting and development. She also served as the executive director of Gheens Academy and oversaw curriculum and instruction before moving to her current role as assistant superintendent three years ago.

Wheat said she is looking forward to spending her retirement with her family, which includes a two-year-old granddaughter and a grandson that is due this fall. She also plans to work with the principal preparation program at Spalding University.

"I love working with and helping train leaders in our schools, they have a direct impact on students and their families," she said.

The schools Wheat oversaw in Area 6 include: the Brown School and Ballard, Central and Fern Creek high schools; Kammerer, Meyzeek and Westport middle schools; Atkinson, Bowen, Breckinridge-Franklin, Chancey, Chenoweth, Coleridge-Taylor, Dunn, Field, King, Lincoln, Norton, Portland, Roosevelt Perry, Wilder and Zachary Taylor elementary schools, as well as two alternative schools.

Wheat's retirement is effective June 30.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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