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Mayfield school district to honor retiree Lonnie Burgett

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MAYFIELD, KY (KFVS) -

After 21 years leading Mayfield Independent School District, Lonnie Burgett will retire at the end of June. 

In honor of his tenure as Superintendent, dedication to the education of the students of Mayfield Schools, and his commitment to the Mayfield community, a reception will be held in his honor on Tuesday, May 12 at the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Well known as Mayfield's most ardent supporter and biggest fan, Mr. B., as he is most affectionately known, says he is going to miss the students.

He has seen Mayfield win six state football championships, with his son, Jay, playing on the undefeated 2002 team.

The Mayfield Elementary School cheerleaders have also won multiple national championships while Burgett has been at the helm.

While he is the first to lead a cheer at pep rallies, Burgett also quietly serves students at such events as the recent Senior Steak Dinner, at which he humbly admitted, “I'm going to miss things like this.”

During Burgett's term as superintendent, Mayfield elementary schools were consolidated and a new building for students constructed in 2005.

With his dedication to keeping a small student-to-teacher ratio to maintain a small class atmosphere, the district continued to grow to the point at which construction of an addition to Mayfield Elementary was necessary.

Mayfield High School continues to produce high scores on state testing. From 2009 through 2012, MHS maintained the highest testing scores among the thirty western Kentucky high schools.

For the community, through Burgett's financial oversight, taxes remained at the same or lower rate for the past twenty-one years while still providing competitive raises for faculty and staff.

Burgett came to Mayfield Independent Schools in 1994 after serving as principal at Webster County High School.

While there, he was named Administrator of the Year for the 1989-1990 academic term. He served as a teacher, baseball coach, basketball coach, and cross-country coach at South Hopkins High School before being named as the school's assistant principal and athletic director.

Burgett started his career in education at North Calloway Elementary in 1975.

A 1969 graduate of Earlington High School in Hopkins County, Burgett graduated Magna Cum Laude from Murray State University in 1973.

He received his Master of Arts degree from MSU in 1974.

Over the next 17 years, Burgett proceeded to attain his Rank I, Secondary Principal Endorsement, and Superintendent Endorsement.

Actively involved in a number of statewide organizations, Burgett is a member of the American Association of School Administrators and served as president of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators from 2011 – 2012.

He is also a lifetime member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, of which he served as president from 2008 – 2009.

Burgett's reception at the Mayfield-Graves County Chamber of Commerce is being by hosted by Howard D. Happy Company, CMS Architects, and McConnell Insurance Agency.

Along with current and former faculty and staff of Mayfield Schools, all community members, family and friends of Mr. B. are invited.

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