MCHS principal resigns to move to central office position

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First day of school is Aug. 7

By Stevie Lowery

School starts in less than two weeks in Marion County, and the district is searching for two principals.
A.C. Glasscock Elementary School is currently searching for a principal after Lee Ann Divine resigned this month to become the principal at Mercer County Elementary School. And, Thursday night, July 25, Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall sent an email to his staff at 8:37 p.m., announcing his resignation. In the email, he said he will be moving to a position at central office.
The new position he is going to be moving to is the director of federal programs. Diane Evans, who has been in charge of federal programs’ responsibilities, will become the director of food service. However, before all of this can become a reality a special waiver must be approved by the Kentucky Department of Education. According to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, beause the district is within 30 days of school starting, she is able to request a special waiver to hire for certain positions. She expects the waiver she submitted for Hall to become the director of federal programs to be approved by Monday, July 29.
This change in staff is just one of many that have occurred within the past few weeks. After being the only applicant interviewed, Taylora Schlosser was hired to become the Marion County superintendent on July 11. Immediately following that announcement, Board Vice Chairman Ed Hacker submitted his resignation from the Marion County Board of Education. He said his daughter, Tammy Newcome, had applied for the position of instructional supervisor. For his daughter to have an opportunity to possibly be hired for that position, Hacker couldn’t be on the school board per state law. The very next day, July 12, the board held a special called meeting to set in motion the hiring of Newcome. During the meeting, the board voted to eliminate the position of Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services/Food Service Director, which was formerly held by Schlosser, and approved an amendment to include the salary scale for the currently unfilled position of Instructional Supervisor. On Monday evening, July 15, Superintendent Schlosser sent an email to school district staff and the media informing them that Newcome had been hired as the new instructional supervisor. Newcome began her new position Tuesday, July 16.
Hall’s resignation comes as a surprise to the community, especially with the first day of school, Aug. 7, right around the corner.
The Marion County High School Site Base Decision Making Council has scheduled a meeting for Monday, July 29, and on its agenda is hiring a social studies teacher, replacement of an SBDM member and principal selection.
The email he sent to his staff is below. See more in next week's edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.
"I want to start out and say what a great staff you all are, what hard work you have put in over the past 2 years and this summer making yourselves better professionals and with doing that making yourselves better educators which in turn has made our students better learners. Our gains noted on the ACT test, KOSSA and AP exam are testaments to the hard work we have done. However, that hard work is only beginning. Now we have to keep moving forward and pushing ourselves to get better to be the best.
With that said, starting next week I will no longer be serving as Principal of Marion County High School. I will be moving positions that will allow me to better serve the needs of all students in the Marion County Public School System. This decision has not come lightly for my family and I. After weighing all the pros and cons I feel that a move to Central Office is best.
All the items in place will continue to be vital for your improvement as a school. I hoped in 2 years that our school would be a system that even if one variable were taken out we would be strong enough to replace that variable and continue on without a hitch. I feel that has happened and the system is stronger than the individual.
I know that 2 weeks before school to make a change will not set well with some of you, I apologize. However, when a door of opportunity opens that you have been waiting your whole career to open, you have to walk through before it closes, thus I am taking this opportunity that has been offered to me.
Thanks for all of your support, opinions, and hard work you have shown over the last 7 years for me as I served you as an Administrator here at Marion County High School. I will still be serving you but only in a different capacity.
Peace, Love and Happiness!!!!"