New Bullitt County Public Schools Director of Transportation Tony Roth cited three things of interest when applying for the position.
“It is closer in proximity to 3 of our 5 children and 6 of our grandchildren,” he said. “It gives me an opportunity to help Superintendent Jesse Bacon, who played football for me in 1998 and displayed potential for greatness at that time; and it is a challenge.”
Roth departed Bath County Public Schools as Director of Transportation and Maintenance to oversee the transportation department in Kentucky’s seventh largest district featuring a fleet exceeding 100 vehicles and a staff numbering over 117 drivers and monitors.
Being brand new to the district, Roth said his short term goal is to learn the Bullitt County way and continue to build on the accomplishments of his predecessors.
Looking long term, he desires to build lasting relationships with all stakeholders in the Bullitt County community.
“My work will include continually improving the transportation department and assist in making Bullitt County Schools a leader in all areas,” he said.
A native of Iowa, Roth graduated from Bellevue Community Schools in Bellevue, IA in 1978. His undergraduate degree is from Loras College where he played football before earning the first conferred Master’s degree at Loras College in 1983.
He earned a second Master’s Degree from Morehead State University in 2000 followed by his Superintendent’s endorsement in 2002 from MSU.
Roth’s career began in 1987 as a teacher and football coach in Florida. He moved to Kentucky in 1988 and became a head football coach at Lone Oak in 1989.
“I am proud to say I was a head coach at 4 different high schools in 3 different states and took all 4 to their respective playoffs,” Roth said.
He became principal of Ewing Elementary School in 1999 and rose to the position of superintendent in Fleming County overseeing major construction projects on both Bath and Fleming County Public Schools.
“In short, I have done it all!” Roth smiled. “I have stoked coal boilers and refilled coal hoppers as a principal, written School Resource Officer grants and worked with KDE to get facilities, including a turf field.”
Roth is married to his best friend, Jackie, and together have raised five children who are all college graduates, married, and productive members of society.
“We are also the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren-and hopeful for more!” he said. “We spend as much time as we can with our family.”
In his spare time, Roth cheers for the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers football teams. Jackie is a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats and Minnesota Vikings.