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Oldham County Schools has new principals, central office changes

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Students are welcomed back to school by a new teacher each fall, but there are often other staff changes that occur over the summer. Oldham County Schools is excited to welcome three new principals in the fall, along with several other administrative changes.

At North Oldham High, Craig Wallace will move into the principal post from his role as associate principal, which he has held since 2006. Wallace began his teaching career at South Oldham High 16 years ago.

Steve Emerson will also move up from his associate principal role to assume the principal position at South Oldham Middle. Emerson has served as an associate principal at the school for eight years and has 26 years of experience in education.

Candace McDaniel returns to Oldham County to lead Crestwood Elementary. McDaniel was most recently the principal of Shacklette Elementary School, part of Jefferson County Public Schools, a position she has held since 2009. Prior to that, she was the principal of Goshen Elementary school for four years.

In addition, Diane Morgan will serve as interim principal at Kenwood Station Elementary this school year. Morgan retired in 2013 after serving as Centerfield Elementary principal for 12 years and 27 years in education. Following her retirement, she was tapped to lead Crestwood Elementary as the interim principal there during the spring of 2014.

Brent Deaves, principal of Oldham County High School, will serve as Interim Secondary Level Director for the 2014-15 school year, assisting the district’s middle and high schools. Associate Principal Rich Graviss will serve as the school’s interim principal.

Other reorganization in the district’s department of instruction will move Amy Grimm to curriculum and staff development director and Jane Smith to academic support specialist.

Chief Academic Officer Anita Davis said these changes will allow the district to provide better service to teachers and staff. Grimm previously served as the district’s intervention coach and Reading Recovery coordinator. Smith previously served as the principal of Liberty Elementary.

Other central office changes include the hiring of John Roberts as the Director of Specialized Academic Programming. Roberts joins the OCS team after serving as the Director of Special Education in Hardin County, and most recently as Principal and Director of Special Education for the Kentucky School for the Blind. In his new role, Roberts will oversee the programming of students involved in intervention, 504, and special education. Melissa Abernathy will move into the role of the District Intervention and 504 Coordinator. Previously, Abernathy served as the district’s director of exceptional children services.

Also at central office, Director of Communications Tracy Harris will also serve as the district’s development director following the reitrement of Gayle Johnson, which will include working with the district’s Oldham County Educational Foundation, pursuing district grants and sponsorships and overseeing staff charitable giving. Communications Assistant Lori McDowell will aide the district’s communications efforts, including school promotional coverage for events and achievements.

With the closing of Liberty Elementary, several of that school’s administrative staff will be at other schools this fall. In addition to Smith’s move to central office, counselor Paula Moore will take that position at Kenwood Station Elementary. Liberty Elementary Office Manager Dorothy Roberts will move into that role at Centerfield Elementary.

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