The nation’s longest-serving school board chairman and his superintendent retired this week.
Barbourville Independent Schools bade farewell to Superintendent Larry Warren and Board of Education Chairman Shirley “Buck” Treadway Monday, May 23. A reception was held in the old gymnasium in honor of Warren and Treadway’s retirement.
Family and colleagues of the retirees spoke of the two men’s accomplishments and character.
“My grandparents lived right across the street and as a kid I would play all around the grounds here,” said Treadway. “I’ve been very dedicated to this school system. I’ve enjoyed the years that we’ve had success and I hope it will continue for years to come.”
During the event, Kentucky State Representative Jim Stewart honored Treadway’s title of America’s Longest Serving Board Chairman with a road sign that will be erected at a location to be chosen by Treadway.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege for me to work with these two men over the years,” said Stewart.
“You can be great in this lifetime but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a good person,” said Warren. “But, if you’re a good person, a good man, a good person, then you are great. Mr. Treadway is a good, great man. He saved this school system on four distinct occasions.”
Both Warren and Treadway were presented with plaques honoring their work with Barbourville Independent Schools.