Schools have new leaders

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By John Foster

Oldham County High School and Camden Station Elementary School have new principals for the 2008-09 school year. Site-based decision-making councils at the schools selected Brent Deaves and Stuart Martin, respectively, to serve as principals effective July 1.

Deaves, a graduate of OCHS, came to the school in 1998 to teach social studies – his first full-time teaching job. He sought a position as an administrator and has served as an associate principal for 5 1/2 years.

Deaves works with the school’s new teacher introduction program, coordinates plans for future course offerings and handles student discipline.

“We already have a great tradition here at OCHS,” he said, “and if I can add to that tradition by keeping in mind what’s best for the students, then we’ll be in great shape.”

Deaves will replace retiring principal David Weedman.

Martin has served as assistant principal at La Grange Elementary for the last three school years, after teaching in Iowa for eight years at the sixth- and fourth-grade levels.

At La Grange, Martin helped revise the school’s budget, addressed discipline issues and assisted with coordinating groups for teachers to discuss better methods of instruction, in addition to othe responsibilities.

Martin said he is thrilled to be part of the Camden Station community.

“There is such a warm, welcoming atmosphere here that is wonderful for nurturing and challenging students,” he said.

Martin will replace principal MariAnn Arnold, who is the principal of Locust Grove Elementary, opening in August on Oldham County Schools’ Ky. 22 campus where East Oldham Middle School is located.

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