Cecil to serve as interim principal at John Hardin

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Current principal Garrison to participate in mentorship program

By Kelly Cantrall

A familiar face will lead the Bulldogs when Principal Alvin Garrison temporarily steps away from his leadership role this summer.

Greg Cecil will serve as interim principal at John Hardin High School beginning in July when Garrison leaves to participate in a mentorship program in another school district. Cecil is an assistant principal and athletic director at the school.

Garrison is participating in the Minority Superintendent Internship Program, which is offered by the Kentucky Department of Education. It’s a two-year program and requires participants to train outside of their district with a superintendent.

Cecil will continue to work as an assistant principal until July, when he will step into the principal role until June 2014.

Cecil said it was an easy decision to accept the offer, made by Superintendent Nannette Johnston, of taking on the leadership role.

“The opportunity to lead a group of students and educators this focused on achievement is a dream come true,” he said in an email.

Johnston said in a news release that John Hardin is moving in the right direction, and so sustaining that momentum was very important in choosing an interim principal.

“There is a lot of work still to do,” she said in the release. “Mr. Cecil knows what those tasks are and he has worked closely with Mr. Garrison to draw a map to future successes. I have confidence in his ability to lead.”

Cecil has been at John Hardin since 2002 and was previously at Meade County High School. An interim assistant principal will be hired, according to the news release. Cecil said the decision about who will take on the AD responsibilities has yet to be made.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.