When Patricia Putty assumed the reigns as Superintendent of Scott County Schools seven years ago she brought with her a vision: to create a collaborative culture with a focus on student learning. She believes in teamwork, supports the growth and development of employees, and makes decisions based on the needs of students. Superintendent Putty is a reflective leader with the heart of a teacher, a high school biology teacher to be exact. A mother and grandmother, Putty cares for the students of Scott County Schools as she would her own. She is passionate about her mission as she continually strives to provide the best education possible for our children, yours and mine. A dedicated Superintendent, Patricia Putty has recently announced plans to retire.
Superintendent Putty serves as the executive officer of the second largest employer in Scott County. Her tenure includes economic down-turn and recovery in a district which averages an increase of 200-300 students per year. Putty has facilitated the design and construction of two schools, Elkhorn Crossing School and Lemons Mill Elementary School. She leads the effort to build a second high school scheduled to open in August 2017. The adoption of full-day kindergarten was a top priority for Putty when she came to Scott County in 2008. That dream will reach fruition in August 2015 when full day kindergarten is offered throughout the district.
Superintendent Putty believes in celebrating and during her tenure there has been much to celebrate. Over the past seven years Scott County schools have seen tremendous gains in student achievement. A few of these outstanding achievements include: top 10% in the state on the ACT; an increase in College and Career Ready scores from 34% in 2010 to 70.50% in 2013; an Advanced Placement enrollment of 1129; and a district ranking of Proficient for the last two years on the new state accountability model including a Proficient ranking for Scott County High School. Four schools have earned a Distinguished ranking, three of which being named Schools of Distinction. Putty praises the many research-based practices which contribute to this success but never forgets the power of a family working together to name and claim each student.
At the February 5, 2015 meeting of the Scott County Board of Education, Superintendent Putty officially announced plans for retirement effective on June 30, 2016. She makes this announcement now to allow plenty of time for the Scott County Board of Education to conduct a thoughtful Superintendent search to name the next leader of our growing and innovative school district.