JCPS promotes Glenn Baete to assistant superintendent

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A longtime educator with Jefferson County Public Schools has been named an assistant superintendent for the district who will oversee academics at 23 schools.

Glenn Baete began his new role Monday. He replaces Brian Shumate, who retired from JCPS in June to take a job as superintendent of the Medford School District in Oregon.

“I am very excited,” Baete said in an interview with WDRB. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to get back to a part of Louisville where I was a principal. 

I’m looking forward to working  with the great principals, teachers and students in a community that has a rich tradition and true desire to make southwest Jefferson County a great place to go to school and raise families.”

Baete, 45, has been employed with JCPS for 23 years. He started as an English teacher, coach and assistant athletic director at Moore Traditional High School, before moving to Waggener High School as an assistant principal. In 2001, he was named principal of Doss High School – a position he held for 10 years. 

He then moved to central office, where he was a high school liaison for a year and spent the past year as an evaluation and transition coordinator.

“Dr. Baete is a talented leader with tremendous knowledge and skills,” said Dewey Hensley, chief academic officer for JCPS. “His ability to use data to analyze and solve problems make him a great addition to the leadership team.”

Baete joins five other assistant superintendents — Amy Dennes, Paige Hartstern, Kirk Lattimore, Michelle Dillard and Lynne Wheat — who report to Hensley. Each assistant superintendent is responsible for a region of schools.

“Throughout his career as a teacher, principal, high school liaison and evaluation and transition coordinator, he has never lost his passion for supporting teachers and students,” Hensley said. “He has a great and unique skill set that will make our entire team more effective.”

Baete’s schools include Butler, Western, Valley and Pleasure Ridge Park high schools, as well as four middle schools and 15 elementary schools.

Baete earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Louisville. He is married with two children, who attend Eastern High School.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0839 or @tkonz on Twitter. Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.