West Point superintendent announces resignation


West Point Independent Schools Superintendent Mickey Brangers announced his resignation last week and will begin teaching Wednesday at Ballard High School in Jefferson County.

Brangers has been in education for 18 years, six of which were with West Point Independent Schools. He was the principal for one year before becoming superintendent in 2014.

Prior to that, he worked in Hardin County Schools for 11 years, teaching mathematics at West Hardin Middle School, North Hardin High School and John Hardin High School. Brangers also coached basketball and volleyball while at West Hardin.

In his new position at Ballard High School, Brangers will be teaching Advanced and Honors Algebra I to freshmen. The position comes with a small pay decrease. However, Brangers said it also will be 53 less days of work and more time to spend with family and on the farm.

Brangers said he is nervous yet excited to begin his new job. He said he constantly is trying to learn and he believes the position at the Jefferson County school will provide him with more experience at the high school level and allow him an opportunity to further his knowledge.

That being said, Brangers said he will miss the children at West Point and the friends he has made. “I really love the children at West Point and have enjoyed the opportunity to be there and to learn and grow in my career. I have made some great friends there and wish everybody the best of luck,” he said.

Brangers’s resignation comes shortly after a management audit for West Point Independent Schools. The audit stemmed from concerns Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis had about the school district, which ranged from the district’s finances to its ability to teach children.

Depending on the audit results, The News-Enterprise reported Lewis could request the school district be assisted or managed by the state, pending the Kentucky Board of Education’s approval. The audit was completed last month.

The resignation also comes weeks after Becky Hawkins, who was slated to serve as the school’s principal for the 2019-20 school year, accepted a fifth-grade teacher position at Crossroads Elementary School in Bullitt County. Hawkins was hired in April by West Point Independent.

A special called meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday. West Point Independent School starts Aug. 20.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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