Boone County High School needed a Soccer coach. Students on the team suggested Randy Poe. At that time he was teaching business classes at BCHS. He gets the call from school administrators to which he promptly tells them, "I played football, I don't know Soccer, but I'm willing to learn." From there the man who would later become Boone County Schools Superintendent coached Soccer for Boone County High School 8 years resulting in 5 championships and 1 state semifinalist. He went from being a novice at Soccer to being inducted into the Northern Kentucky High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Randy Poe has been the Superintendent of Boone County schools, a district of 21,000 students, for 12 years. Starting off as a bus driver for the district, becoming a teacher, a coach and then a Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, all occurring over the last 37 years within the Boone County School district. He earned his position while working through the ranks and learning what it takes to run an efficient and an award winning school district. So, when issues arise, given his background, his staff was confident that he had a good understanding of what he was dealing with and how to deal with it.
The road leading to Superintendent for Randy Poe began with his graduation in 1979 from Newport High School. He studied Marketing/Education at NKU graduating in 1983, and in 1985 received his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from NKU. In 2013 Dr. Poe received his Executive Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. During and since that time he has been the recipient of numerous awards. Just to name a few: He is in the National Marketing and Distributive Education Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was awarded the Northern Kentucky Education Council's One-to-One Literacy Award, in 2012 he was recognized as Outstanding Alumni from NKU. In 2013 Dr. Poe was awarded KASA Superintendent of the Year, in 2015 he received the Dupree Superintendent of the Year award at KSBA. That same year the Northern Kentucky Education Council awarded Dr. Poe their Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016 Dr. Poe also received the Community Advocacy for Public Education (CAPE) Award.
While these and so many other accomplishments not mentioned here are proud moments for Dr. Poe, he considers his best accomplishments, family. His wife Melinda and four children Jessica, Alysha, Katherine and Nicholas and his toddler grandson.
In gratitude of his service, the IGNITE INSTITUTE auditorium was dedicated and named after Dr. Poe and his wife. Dr. Poe officially retires June 30. July 1st is the start date for new Superintendent Mr. Matt Turner, former Principal of Ryle High School.
Thank you Dr. Poe for 37 years of service and dedication to the students of Boone County!