Nesbitt named interim Nelson County principal

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Wrapping up some summer changes in administration, Nelson County Schools announced today the hiring of Barry Nesbitt as interim principal for Nelson County High School. 

The new principal joins a few other new school leaders taking on roles for the 2019-2020 school year. Other recent changes include Mark Webster’s transition to principal of The Academy, Randy Adams’ hiring at Bloomfield Middle School, and Teresa Henderson’s transition to the Nelson County Early Learning Center.

Nelson County High School’s Site Based Decision Making Council has been in the process of selecting a new principal for the last 10 weeks, in an effort to find the “best fit” for the school.

Superintendent Wes Bradley said that, while several applied for the position, the SBDM believed an interim leader was appropriate at this time.

“Fortunately, Mr. Nesbitt is a perfect fit to lead NCHS in the year ahead,” Bradley said. “In the end, I was highly impressed with the SBDM team and their full commitment to the future of Nelson County.”

Bradley said the SBDM will continue the hiring process for a permanent principal this winter.

Nesbitt will begin July 1, and comes to the district with 14 years of principal experience. He has been an educator since 1998 and most recently served as a principal with Caverna Independent Schools. Nesbitt has a degree in K-12 physical education from Western Kentucky University, as well as a master’s degree in K-12 school administration and Rank 1 certification for school superintendent. Before transitioning to principal at Caverna Middle School, Nesbitt taught in Russellville Independent Schools for seven years.

“It was clear to everyone that Mr. Nesbitt’s leadership style, diverse experiences, and awareness of student needs were a good fit to lead NCHS during the coming year,” Bradley said.

In a press release announcing his selection, Nesbitt said he is excited and honored to join the school community and work with NCHS families, students and staff.

“I am confident we will build upon the success that has continued over the past few years,” he said.

He added that he wants to continue strengthening culture throughout the school and building relationships within the building and community.

“It’s evident that our NCHS students are highly capable and courageous leaders,” he said. “A second priority is to strengthen access and opportunities for student leadership. We know that when students lead, they change the world. A third priority is college and career access through strengthening academic and early work experiences. I believe that the vision for NCHS and the Nelson County Schools is one of the most progressive in the state of Kentucky and gives students an edge over other schools.”

An informal meet and greet with the NCHS staff will take place Friday. Nesbitt will also be introduced to parents and students at the Cardinal Cookout in July.