Spears chosen as new LCHS principal


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Chandlers principal Caycee Spears was named the new principal at Logan County High School on Friday after he and two other finalists were interviewed by superintendent Dr. Kevin hub and the school’s site-based decision making council on Thursday evening.

Spears will be transitioning into his new role at the high school over the next two weeks.

“Having worked in the district the last few years, and especially from having taught here, I realize what a tremendous source of pride the high school is to the entire community,” Spears said. “With rich traditions and outstanding community support, LCHS provides a great education to the students of Logan County.”

The other two candidates were Stephen Ely, currently serving as assistant superintendent for Middlesboro Independent Schools, and Charles Proffitt, who is superintendent of Cloverport Independent Schools.

“We were very excited with our pool of applicants,” Hub said. “As superintendent, I was comfortable that any of the final three could have effectively led Logan County High School.”

Prior to working at Chandlers, Spears taught English at LCHS and served as a curriculum consultant with the Logan County school district.

“I know many of the wonderful faculty and staff members already and a good number of the students and their parents, so I am looking forward to continuing those relationships while establishing new ones,” Spears said.

After conducting the interviews on Thursday, the site-based council deliberated for over two hours before coming to the final decision.

“Caycee Spears has proven himself to be an outstanding leader, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration and culture,” Hub said. “He brings a wealth of skills and experience to the role of principal. We are excited about the potential for growth at Logan County High School under his leadership.”

In the end, Spears’ knowledge of the school district was one of the main points in his favor.

“His familiarity with Logan County and Logan County High School was very important to the site-based council,” Hub said. “When you couple that with phenomenal references he had – those were the tangible pieces that gave us the level of comfort to name him the next principal.”

Of course, now Chandlers is without a principal; but Hub said he hopes to fill that position very soon. He posted the opening last week and said he plans on asking the state for a waiver to fill it quicker than normal so that the new principal can take over at the end of the school prior to fall break.

Assistant principal Robbie Davis will take over as acting principal on Sept. 8 and will hold that position until a full-time replacement can be hired.

Hub also praised the work done by the LCHS site-based council.

“They were a great group to work with,” Hub said. “The amount of effort they put into this process and the amount of time they spent turning over every rock and calling teachers in the schools where the applicants had worked was tremendous. That was the type of information that helped us make the very best decision we could.”

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By OJ Stapleton

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To contact OJ Stapleton, email ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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