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Handloser moving to Central Office position

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New OKH principal could be chosen by June 27

By Kacie Goode

A search for a new principal at Old Kentucky Home Middle School is once again underway with Robin Handloser’s move to Central Office, which she announced in a YouTube video Tuesday.

“I have simply accepted a new role in Nelson County Schools,” Handloser said in the video. “I will be serving as the new human resources director.”

Handloser’s announcement came shortly after the school’s site-based decision-making council posted information on a principal selection survey and timeline to Facebook to the surprise of some school families. It was around this time last year that Handloser was announced as principal of the middle school, coming on board at a time when OKH’s environment and academics were coming under public scrutiny and Nelson County Schools was seeing a district-wide shift in leadership following several principal resignations.

Having worked more than two decades in education as a teacher, instructional coach and in other roles, Handloser’s position at OKH was her first time leading a school. She worked closely with Vice Principal Melissa Case to address concerns and the two have been commended by many for efforts to revamp the school’s culture with the implementation of new practices and student and staff opportunities.

“In our first year as school leaders, there were a lot of things to do and a lot of challenges,” Handloser said. “I want to thank you for your trust in us, your patience with us, your support and your enthusiasm, your energy, your feedback that you gave us as we went through this very first year.

“We feel like that we have a pretty good foundation of transformation going on,” at OKH, Handloser said, and she encouraged families to participate in the survey on what they see as priorities for the school and the next principal. COMPLETE SURVEY HERE

“On a personal note, I have really enjoyed getting to know you — many of you — and your children,” she said, addressing viewers. “It’s bittersweet because I am excited about my new role, but I also will miss the day-to-day of being in a school filled with the enthusiasm and the energy of middle school children.”

Handloser’s transition to Central Office is just one of many positions to be filled at the district’s administrative hub, which is undergoing a reorganization by superintendent Wes Bradley.

According to the selection timeline, the turnaround for leadership should be quick as OKH has tentative plans to announce a new principal by June 27.