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Superintendent Introduction

Welcome to Madison County Schools!

District Vision:
Madison County Schools, in partnership with the community, strives to equip educators and students with the skills to lead by example, develop and speak with a unique voice, and explore their academic curiosity to make a positive impact on our community and world.


Portrait of Superintendent Elmer Thomas

Elmer Thomas became superintendent of Madison County Schools in August 2013. His career in education spans 28 years. Mr. Thomas served as principal of Madison Central High School from 2010 to 2013; principal of Boyle County High School from 2004 to 2010; assistant principal at Campbell County High School from 2002-2004; an instructor in the areas of Spanish, reading and media from 1994 to 2002 at Madison Central High School; and an instructor in the areas of Spanish and yearbook at Berea Community Schools from 1988 to 1994.

Mr. Thomas was also an instructor in the English and Foreign Language Departments at Eastern Kentucky University from 2000-2002 and served as the director of the Governor’s Scholars Program at Northern Kentucky University in 2002.


Mr. Thomas was Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year in 2011. He has also been Governor’s Scholar Program Impact Teacher/Outstanding Educator three times; was twice chosen Central Kentucky Soccer Coaches Association Conference Coach of the Year.


Mr. Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, Master of Arts in Education with Reading Specialist Endorsement, Rank I, and superintendent certification all from Eastern Kentucky University.  He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy studies in EKU’s Ed.D program.


Mr. Thomas is a member of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents (KASS).


He recently agreed to a contract extension to serve as Superintendent through June 30, 2019.


Mr. Thomas has been married to Marla Thomas, guidance counselor at Madison Central High School, for 27 years. They have two children Lauren, 19, a sophomore at the University of Kentucky; and Matthew, 15, a 10th grader at Madison Central High School.