The Kiwanis Club of Jenkins recently welcomed Mike Genton as a special guest and newest member.
Genton is the newly hired superintendent of the Jenkins Independent School System. He was born and reared in Lincoln County and is a graduate of Lincoln High School. He attended Campbellsville College (now a university) as an education major and played on its football team for four years. He began his teaching career in the Marion County school system and later worked in the Trimble County schools as a high school classroom teacher. He then served as assistant principal for three years and head principal of Trimble County Middle School for 11 years.
Genton grew up on a farm outside Crab Orchard, where the family grew tobacco and raised livestock so he is no stranger to hard work. He applied for the Jenkins job through the Kentucky School Board Association website.
Upon researching the area via the Internet he learned that the school and the city had a rich history. He was especially impressed with the school’s athletic programs in the ‘50s and ‘60s and would like to help return the school’s athletic programs to their former glory. Genton said he had never been to the area before except when he was playing football in college and the team traveled through Letcher County en route to Wise, Va., to play a game against Clinch Valley College. His most lasting memory was how narrow and curvy the roads were across Pine Mountain.
When he came to Jenkins for an interview for the superintendent job he could not believe how the highways had improved since his previous visit. On his way back home he called his friends and family and told them what a beautiful town Jenkins is and he hoped he got the job. He was very impressed with all of the amenities available including the golf course, lakes, parks, recreation areas, swimming pool and especially the hiking areas through scenic Pine Mountain.
Since beginning his new job as school superintendent, Genton said he has been welcomed everywhere he goes in the school system and in the community and everyone has offered support.
“There is a lot of pride in this community,” said Genton, “and I was surprised and elated to learn that there is very good Internet and technology available to our students. We must use technology to prepare our kids for good jobs after school and help them further their education.”
Genton is divorced and has a 17-year-old daughter who is in high school and lives primarily with her mother. When his daughter visited him recently, he said his first reaction was the surprise of seeing her driving by herself.
The Kiwanis Club welcomed Genton and pledged its support on various projects throughout the year. On this special occasion club members had a wonderful dinner served in the clubhouse. The menu consisted of Guido’s pasta fagioli and Italian bread and cookies for dessert.
The Kiwanis Club of Jenkins meets weekly at 6:30 p.m. in the former Jenkins Woman’s Club building on Main Street. Everyone is welcome.