WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (6/26/13) - The opening of a new school is something that has not happened in Webster County in decades, but it’s something that will be happening in a little over a year.
Webster County Middle School is set to open it’s doors to students in August of 2014. Between now and then there is a lot of work that has to go on. Construction and renovation has yet to get underway, but that is only a portion of what needs to be completed.
The school doesn’t have a staff, curriculum or even furniture at this point. That is where the new middle school principal will take charge.
Tuesday the school board office announced that M. Geoffrey Bailey had been selected to fill the position.
Normally the hiring of the principal belongs to the School Based Decision Making Council (SBDM), but as the school does not exist yet, the job of hiring the administrator fell to Superintendant James Kemp.
Bailey has six years of experience as an elementary school principal (three years at each Crofton Elementary and more recently Grapevine Elementary) and four years as assistant principal of Christian County High School.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the present elementary school community and the emerging middle school community,” said Bailey. “This is a wonderful opportunity.”
Bailey will begin work as the middle school principal on July 1, 2013, but for the next year he will be a principal without a school. A challenge that doesn’t bother him.
“With any change comes challenge,” he said. “But there are some great people in the district, and with their help we can get through it. I know there will be many challenges. I’m excited to get started.”
Bailey began his teaching career as a substitute with the Madison Metropolitan School District and Janesville School System in Wisconsin in 1996, after earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Beloit College.
In 1998 he became the Art Instructor at Christian County High School, a position he maintained until 2003. During that time he also served as Assistant Athletic Director and Events Manager.
In 2003 he became CCHS’s Assistant Principal, and then added the Athletic Director title a year later. He remained in these two positions until he took over as the principal at Crofton Elementary in 2007.
Bailey’s final move before coming to Webster County was to become Principal of Grapevine Elementary in Madisonville in 2010.
Outside of education, Bailey also served as an assistant baseball coach at Beloit College (1996-1998), assistant baseball coach at CCHS (1998-2003), football coach at North Drive Middle School in Hopkinsville (1998-2001), Rotary league Youth Football coach (2011-present) and YAA Baseball Coach (2012-present).
“I know people will question our decision to hire a principal a year in advance,” board chairman Jeff Pettit said recently, when the board voted to begin the hiring process. “I view it as an investment not an expense. He will be on hand to help get the middle school ready to go. And getting up to date with the existing curriculums of the high school and all of the elementary schools will be very important.”
J-E News Editor
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