Kentucky Senate Confirms New Education Commissioner

On the final day of the legislative session, the state Senate gave their approval to newly nominated Kentucky Education Commissioner Robbie Fletcher.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as Kentucky’s new education commissioner on July 1,” said Fletcher. “I am grateful for the Senate’s faith in my ability and my desire to accomplish great things for our students, our educators, our families, and everyone in the Commonwealth. I plan on taking the same ‘All In’ approach I have taken during my time as superintendent of Lawrence County Schools as we continue to strengthen public schools in Kentucky.”

Fletcher is the first education commissioner nominee to undergo the legislative approval process established in the 2023 legislative session.

He was introduced on the Senate floor Monday by Sen. Phillip Wheeler, R-Pikeville. 

“I first met Dr. Fletcher approximately five years ago when I was elected to this position and have had multiple dealings with him since that time,” Wheeler said. “What I have been impressed with all during that while is his continued commitment towards the children of Kentucky schools.”

As the chief state school officer and chief executive officer for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the commissioner recommends and implements policies and directs KDE in the management of the state’s 171 public school districts, the Kentucky School for the Deaf, the Kentucky School for the Blind, and the 50 state-operated area technology centers. 

Fletcher has been the superintendent of Lawrence County since 2014. Prior to that, he served as principal of Sheldon Clark High School (Martin County) from 2009 to 2014 and as principal of Warfield Middle School (Martin County) from 2005 to 2009. Fletcher started his career in 1996 as a math and science teacher before becoming the assistant principal at Inez Middle School (Martin County) in 2004.