Courtney named principal of Bardstown Elementary

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By Staff

Brian Courtney has been named principal of Bardstown Elementary School following a unanimous vote Tuesday by the school’s site-based decision making council.

Courtney currently serves in an administrative role with Jefferson County Public Schools. He and his family have lived in Nelson County for the past 12 years, which is why he chose to pursue the BES position.

“Being able to educate, inspire, motivate and mold young children in your own community and building community through school,” is an exciting opportunity, he said. He is also fond of what the district has to offer.

“It’s a great school system. They have great staff and great students at every level,” he said. “The authentic family atmosphere of the Bardstown school system is second to none, and that’s just hard to find anywhere else.”

Courtney comes to the district from Marion C. Moore Middle School in Louisville where he has served the past two years as sixth-grade assistant principal. While working in an elementary school will be a new experience, working in a middle school has allowed him to see the social, academic and behavioral changes for which students must prepare in the transition from fifth to sixth grade. Bardstown Elementary serves students in grades 3-5.

Courtney began his teaching career in 2005 as an exceptional education resource math teacher at North Bullitt High School, a position he held until he became the school’s assistant principal in 2013. During the 2015-2016 school year, he served as an assistant principal at Nelson County High School prior to accepting his current position at Marion C. Moore.

The BES principal position came open in February after current principal Paul Bowling accepted a director position with Bardstown City Schools’ Central Office.

According to a district press release, the elementary school SBDM council received principal selection training in March and held several meetings to determine criteria, collect information from stakeholders and develop interview questions. The district received 12 applicants for the position and four of those applicants were selected for interviews.

“Based on the criteria established by the council, with input from stakeholders and following the recommended guidelines, the council feels that they have selected the best person to serve as principal of Bardstown Elementary School,” the release states.

Courtney holds a bachelor of science degree in business management and marketing from Indiana University Southeast and a master of arts in exceptional education from Western Kentucky University.  He earned his Rank 1 in educational leadership from the University of the Cumberlands.

Courtney resides in Cox’s Creek with his wife, Amber, and their four children. A public reception for Courtney will be announced in the coming weeks. Courtney officially starts July 1.