Longtime JCPS administrator Kirk Lattimore announces retirement

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A longtime administrator with Jefferson County Public Schools has announced his retirement from the district.

Kirk Lattimore, one of six assistant superintendents who oversees academics in the district, will retire Feb. 29.

Lattimore, a native of Plainfield, New Jersey, has spent the last 28 years in JCPS.

His career began in Room 210 at Western Middle School as an eighth grade science teacher. He went on to teach at Moore High School and served as an assistant principal at Louisville Male and Atherton High schools. Prior to being named an assistant superintendent in 2012, Kirk spent 13 years as principal at Crosby Middle School.

"Kirk embodies the best qualities of JCPS – he cares deeply about our students and staff, he wants the best education possible for every child and he’s worked every day to change the lives of students across this district," said JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens, in a message to staff sent Tuesday.

During the 2016 State of the District press conference, Lattimore talked about his love for education.

"My favorite part of the job is to be in the schools and working with teachers and principals and actually getting to see kids," he said. "That's the best part of my day."

Throughout his tenure, Lattimore has earned a number of honors -- including the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award in 2001 and principal of the year in 2010.

Lattimore has also instituted a number of programs, including the Men of Quality Mentoring Program, which partners African-American male students with role models from the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to promote achievement and civic engagement. 

He is a graduate of Hampton University and the University of Louisville.

The schools Lattimore oversees in Area 5 include: Bloom, Byck, Chenoweth, Englehard, Foster, Hawthorne, Hite, John F. Kennedy, Lowe, Maupin, Middletown, Shelby, St. Matthews, Stopher, Wheatley and Young elementary schools; Crosby, Highland, Myers and Western middle schools and Atherton, Eastern and Waggener high schools. He also oversees Breckinridge Metro High, one of the district's alternative schools.

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

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