Sally Sugg, who has been involved in education since 1979, can’t remember a time when she wasn’t interested in teaching.
“I don’t remember ever wanting to do anything else. When I was just a little girl, probably four or five, I can remember writing my name on the window in the condensation. My brother was older and showed me how to create letters,” she said. “School has really been all my life. It’s what I do. It’s who I am.”
Sugg was hired as West Point Independent’s district interim superintendent Thursday by its school board. Sugg’s experience includes various positions at the Kentucky Department of Education, as principal of Henderson County High School and as a former school board member in Henderson County.
“I really enjoy helping people improve,” she said. “It seems like West Point is at a place where they really need some leadership and I’m hoping I can help them to improve everything that they’re doing for the kids at West Point.”
Sugg leads the one-school district as it tries to fight a recommended state takeover from a recently released management audit. As of Thursday, Sugg said she had not read the audit, but noted while she was with KDE, her office did similar audits for other schools.
“I’m familiar with the process, but I’m looking forward to digging in and seeing what kinds of things the audit team saw we can fix and correct easily,” she said.
Sugg said her first day will be sometime this week. She will be joined by Carla Breeding, who is serving as interim principal for the school. Breeding also has decades of education experience.
Sugg is from Henderson and is looking for temporary housing in the area to reduce her commute time.
“I’ll be here devoted to the job,” she said.
West Point Board of Education Chairman Eddie Moore said Sugg was a “shining star.”
“She’s a very highly qualified person,” he said. “She’s going to be able to lead us in the right direction.”