William “Bill” Thorpe officially began his new role Jan. 1 as superintendent of Trigg County Schools.

The Marshall County native was hired by the school board in November to serve in the position after the previous superintendent abruptly resigned in June.

Thorpe, 56, is married to Terri Thorpe. The two have been married for over 30 years and have a son and a daughter together.

Thorpe got his start in education as a high school history teacher and coach.

“During my career, I have coached football, basketball and baseball,” Thorpe said. “Coaching is what drew me to education. I love sports and I love being able to work with the kids.”

After taking a break to work at a factory in Calvert City for a few years, Thorpe decided he missed the education field and returned to teach at Marshall County High School as a special education teacher.

Shortly after, Thorpe moved to the administrative side of education as the principal of Lyon County Elementary School. From there, he moved on to transportation director and eventually director of pupil personnel at Marshall County Schools.

“I am excited to take on a new role in education,” Thorpe said. “The community here in Trigg County has been very kind and welcoming to me and my family so far.”

Thorpe has already discussed with the board a plan for the next 30, 60 and 90 days at the schools. During those times, he plans to meet with principals and school leadership, teachers and staff, and with the board again to use the information and suggestions given by school leaders and staff to design a plan for the district moving forward.

“It is important to me to get to know the principals and staff at the schools,” Thorpe said. “It is important to have a relationship with them in order to move forward together.”

Thorpe is excited about what the area has to offer in his off time as well.

“I am a bit of a hot rod buff,” Thorpe said about his hobbies. “I love to work on old cars. I enjoy fishing and hunting as well, and I am excited to enjoy the outdoors during the warmer months.”

Sarah Elliott is a reporter for The Cadiz Record. Reach her at selliott@cadizrecord.com.

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