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JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley blasts JCPS in resignation letter

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JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley talks to teachers during orientation at Minor Daniels Academy (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News) JCPS Chief Academic Officer Dewey Hensley talks to teachers during orientation at Minor Daniels Academy (Photo by Toni Konz, WDRB News)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Dewey Hensley, the chief academic officer for Jefferson County Public Schools, submitted his resignation Thursday morning, effective Friday.

Hensley referred to his growing frustration with his position, saying that after the first year of his tenure, "it has been a challenge to be heard above the 'noise' of indecision, the circling buzz of perception, and the hammer strikes to fabricate an image." 

Hensley went on to say: "After an exchange with Dr. Hargens and Diane Porter and another exchange with Public Relations and Dr. Hargens this week, it is clear I am expected to be accountable for results, but secondary in the inputs -- this makes me a scapegoat, not by chance, but by design."

[READ THE ENTIRE RESIGNATION LETTER]

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens sent an email informing all district principals that Dewey Hensley's last day is Oct. 9. 

Hensley's resignation means Superintendent Donna Hargens now has four key cabinet positions she must work to fill: chief academic officer, chief business officer, chief communications and community relations officer and chief of data management, planning and program evaluation. She also has been searching for another key position -- human resources director.

Hargens released the following statement after receiving Hensley's resignation:

"I was saddened to learn from Dewey of his decision to resign as Chief Academic Officer of JCPS, effective Oct. 9. Dewey has been an unwavering champion for the success of all students, including those who are excelling, those who are struggling, and those who have yet to discover their passion. I will miss his honest counsel and fierce determination."

Hensley has been chief academic officer for JCPS since 2012. He had previously been an elementary school principal at Atkinson Elementary. He was also an associate commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Education.

Board member Linda Duncan reacted to the news early Thursday afternoon.

"I think the district wants good schools for kids, but the district – people at the top – are afraid the truth is not going to be what the public wants to hear," Duncan said. "So I think they have a tendency to spin things the way that will make the district sound the best. The problem is that that does catch up with you."

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