Goodlett named LaRue County High School principal

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Former E'town teacher was assistant principal at the school last year

By Amber Coulter

The new principal at LaRue County High School is a familiar face for students and families.

Assistant Principal Kyle Goodlett was announced Monday as the school’s new principal and took over the job that day.

He fills the position vacated by Paul Mullins, who announced in May he was hired as superintendent for Garrard County Schools.

The school system received 12 applications for the position and officials interviewed four.

LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders said Goodlett had a great experience during the year he spent as the school’s assistant principal.

Before that, Goodlett taught for nine years at Elizabethtown High School.

The 1998 Anderson County High School graduate has a bachelor’s degree in postsecondary education from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in educational administration from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

Goodlett is familiar with the school’s programs and success, Sanders said.

He also demonstrates the qualities an online survey of community and staff members said would be important in the school’s next top administrator – possessing honesty and integrity, supporting and working with staff, dealing with issues instead of avoiding them and other important qualities, Sanders said.

The survey was conducted by the school’s site-based decision-making council. Council members from the previous and upcoming school years had input in the decision.

Those qualities were important in the decision-making process for hiring a new principal, Sanders said.

“When we looked at them and we talked about them as a council, we thought that Mr. Goodlett was a great choice,” he said.

Goodlett expects to continue efforts to improve the school, such as focusing on advanced placement classes, Sanders said.

“Kyle will take the helm now, and we look for good things to come under his leadership,” he said.

Goodlett said there will continue to be an emphasis on data being used to identify potential improvement in instruction and reach students individually.

Such methods already have boosted the school’s state scores and will continue to propel it into the top 10 percent of schools in the state, he said.

Goodlett thanked Sanders, SBDM council members and Mullins for giving him the opportunity to work with students willing to challenge themselves in a community that supports its schools.

“Everyone in this county is behind this school system and behind this school,” he said.

Goodlett said his wife and 2 1/2-year-old daughter also are an integral part of him being able to assume leadership of the school because they make sacrifices so he can serve students.

“My family comes first, but this school is part of my family and I’m a true believer in the school family,” he said.

It is humbling to be chosen as principal, Goodlett said.

“Education, to me, is not a job,” he said. “This is my life. There has never been a day that I haven’t looked forward to going to work.”

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.