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Haywood Named Ninth Grade Principal


Austin Haywood is the new principal at Scott County Ninth Grade School.  Haywood is currently the assistant principal at Montgomery County High School where he has been since 2014.  He was a teacher at the Jessamine Career and Technical School for seven years.  Haywood earned a Bachelor of Science from Berea College and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and Specialist in Education certification both from the University of Kentucky.   

“I look forward to collaborating with the middle schools, Elkhorn Crossing, and SCHS to ensure smooth transitions for our students,” Haywood commented. “We will set high expectations and build structures to ensure those expectations are met.”

This drive made the school’s Site Based Decision Making Council take note.  “Mr. Haywood will communicate clear expectations from the beginning and will put structures in place to support those expectations to ensure students and staff are successful,” commented parent representative Paul Curry.  “I am confident that Mr. Haywood will do great things next year,” parent Christine Holajter agreed.    

Council members were impressed that Haywood is data driven and focused on expanding career and technical education and options to ensure students are college and career ready.  Mark Cook, Cathy Cannada, and Amanda Lechert are teacher representatives on the council. 

Haywood will start in his role this summer as Principal Jonda Tippins retires.  “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead Scott County Ninth Grade and be a part of the Scott County Schools family,” Haywood said.  He can’t wait to see his daughter Emerson (4) and son Merreck (2) sporting their new cardinal gear.


For more information:

Renee Holmes, renee.holmes@scott.kyschools.us, (502) 570-3059

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