School starts in Logan County


Interim principal chosen for LCHS

By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



OJ Stapleton|NDL New Adairville principal Kristina Rice addresses the students on the first day of school Wednesday.


New Adairville assistant principal Ben Bruni pumps up the students for the beginning of the school year.


Phil Eason LCHS assistant principal


Logan County schools got off to a great start Wednesday as students returned to class for the beginning of a new academic year.

“It was an outstanding first day,” said Logan County superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub.

For the second straight year since taking over the superintendent position, Hub made stops at all six Logan County schools over the course of the day, beginning with a visit to Adairville, which began the year with a new principal and assistant principal.

“There was tremendous excitement and anticipation about the new leadership team at Adairville and what’s to come,” Hub said. “They are so excited about (principal) Kristina Rice and (assistant principal) Ben Bruni being there.”

hub then visited Olmstead, which also has a new principal in Bonnie Watson, but since she has been that school’s assistant principal for several years, things were already running like clockwork.

“When we walked into that school and it was like we were into the fifth week of school,” Hub said. “And that pattern was what I saw in all of the other schools. It really was outstanding, but something that wasn’t surprising, because that’s what we expect from our teachers and administrators. The students are first and our adults are taking care of their education needs.”

Hub also announced on Thursday that an interim principal has been found for Logan County High School.

Phil Eason will take over that position on August 6.

Eason served as interim principal at Barren County High School in 2011, where feedback about his performance was outstanding, most noteworthy was his level of engagement with the high school students and school staff, Hub said.

He has more than 30 years’ experience in a broad variety of positions including teacher, coach, high school principal at Larue County High School and superintendent of Ashland Independent schools. For several years, he has worked with the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) as a leadership consultant and executive coach for new superintendents. Throughout his career, he has been known for his ability to create cultures of collaboration and trust, with a focus on communication and student interaction.

Eason said he is very excited about being selected as the interim principal at Logan County High School.

“Logan County High School is known for its excellent staff, student body and parent support, and I look forward to getting to know the community and being a part of that tradition. I can’t wait to get started,” he said.

Hub has known Eason for 15 years and said he considers him a mentor.

“I first met him while he was superintendent of Ashland Independent Schools in eastern Kentucky,” Hub said. “We collaborated on a federal grant serving seven large high schools. Even as superintendent, Phil’s knowledge and level of involvement with his high school was impressive. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role of principal. We are excited about his willingness to accept the role of interim principal at Logan County High School.”

The Logan County High School SBDM Council meets next week to review stakeholder feedback, and on August 24 to determine which applicants will receive an interview. The council hopes to make their decision in time for a new principal to be on board during the first week of September. Current LCHS assistant principal Alissa Todd is serving as acting principal until Mr. Eason begins.

Stakeholders are encouraged to fill out an online survey in order to help the SBDM council make its decision. The survey can be found at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2254852/LCHS-Principal-Survey.

OJ Stapleton|NDL New Adairville principal Kristina Rice addresses the students on the first day of school Wednesday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_School1.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL New Adairville principal Kristina Rice addresses the students on the first day of school Wednesday.

New Adairville assistant principal Ben Bruni pumps up the students for the beginning of the school year.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_School2.jpgNew Adairville assistant principal Ben Bruni pumps up the students for the beginning of the school year.

Phil Eason LCHS assistant principal
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_Phil_Eason.jpgPhil Eason LCHS assistant principal
Interim principal chosen for LCHS

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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

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

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