Press Release – 7/2/12
Dwayne Ellison Named Interim Principal at Scott County 9th Grade School
The Scott County 9th Grade School has a new interim principal. Dwayne Ellison will leave his post as Assistant Principal at Scott County High School to take on his new role at the 9th grade school. The position is considered interim because the former principal, Jason Radford, took a two-year leave from the district to work as an Education Recovery Specialist with Newport Independent School District. Ellison will assume his new responsibilities immediately while also helping with the transition at the high school.
Ellison has 14 ½ years of experiences in education, including seven years of teaching middle school social studies in Meade County and alternate education, 9th grade social studies, and high school social studies in Scott County. Recently, he worked one year as Dean of Students at Scott County 9th Grade School and the past five year as Assistant Principal at Scott County High School where he was able to collaborate with principals and teachers at all the schools in Scott County
“I’m very proud and excited and looking forward to this new opportunity,” Ellison said. “I know the staff at the 9th grade and look forward to working with them and all the students coming into 9th grade this year.”
Ellison replaces Terry Yates who served as interim principal last year.
Ellison says he is excited to get started and begin building relationships with the 9th grade community and especially the students. “We’ll be looking at ways to make sure every student has a successful 9th grade year. It is my goal to get every student involved and help them to reach their highest potential.”
While interim principal positions are appointed by the superintendent, Patricia Putty, Superintendent of Scott County Schools, worked with the 9th Grade School Based Decision Making Council to make this selection. “Mr. Ellison is a strong leader with a multitude of experiences and expertise that will help him lead the 9th Grade School,” Putty said. “His ability to see the good things that are already in place and build upon them will be a true asset to the 9th Grade community.”
Other district leaders echoed her praise.
“With Dwayne’s past experience as both a teacher and administrator at the 9th Grade, he has such a unique perspective on how to ensure this transition year is successful for all students,” said Chip Southworth, Director of Secondary Schools.
Matt Thompson, Assistant Superintendent of Student Learning added, “Dwayne will do a fantastic job and the students, staff, and families at the 9th Grade School will truly benefit from his leadership and work ethic.“
Ellison, 37, and his wife Crissy, a teacher at Anne Mason Elementary, have two children, Riley and Charlie, and have lived in Georgetown for 12 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Campbellsville University, Masters in Education from Georgetown College, Rank I and principal certificate from Eastern Kentucky University and has his Director of Pupil Personnel certificate from Xavier University. Ellison is also currently an assistant football coach at Georgetown College.