Creasman leaving to head Kentucky school district

Aug. 22, 2014 @ 05:13 PM

After 10 years of educational service to the district, Brian Creasman is leaving the county and his role as assistant superintendent of Vance County Schools.

He is the new superintendent of Fleming County Schools in Flemingsburg, Kentucky. A four-year contract with the county for about $110,000 per year — about $18,000 more than his current salary — was approved Aug. 7 by its board of education.

His new position starts Sept. 2.

“I am going to miss Vance County,” Creasman said. “Vance County has been very good to me. I think I could have went to anybody and got anything — for the schools, not for myself.”

He said the training and experience he has received over the years prepared him for his new position, which he applied for earlier this year because of its small-town atmosphere and promise of stability.

He said he wanted somewhere where he could raise his 11-month-old daughter, downsize his home and make a positive impact on students.

The Ledger Independent quoted Fleming County Board of Education chairman Mike Ishmael, who during the board’s meeting Aug. 7, said he was excited to have Creasman.

“I want to thank the screening committee for all of their hard work, and I’m happy to say I think Creasman will be here for a long time, and he will do a great job,” Ishmael said in the report.

Creasman came to Vance County schools in 2004 as the assistant principal of Eaton-Johnson Middle School.

He said as soon as he came here, he fell in love.

“Someone asked me why in the world Vance County, and I said ‘Why in the world not Vance County,’ ” Creasman said.

In 2007, he became principal at Northern Vance, and in 2012 he was moved into his current role in central office.

He said he remembered 2007’s synergy circus — a test-preparation initiative at Eaton-Johnson — and was proud of his work at Northern Vance, which was in the top 75 schools in the state at that time.

“It’s the best job in the world, being a principal of a high school,” he said.

District spokeswoman Terri Hedrick said Creasman was an influential part of both schools and he would be missed.

“We certainly wish him luck,” she said.

His last day in Vance County is Aug. 29.

Creasman said he and his wife, Valerie, who will vacate her counselor position at Northern Vance, as well, will leave for Kentucky next weekend.

 

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.