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In 1995, Alvin L. Garrison began his professional teaching career at North Hardin High School and later took over as principal at John Hardin High School. In June, he steps into a new role as superintendent of Covington Independent Schools.
Garrison, 42, said he was offered the job a week ago and reached an agreement with the school district Thursday. On Friday, he announced the news to the John Hardin faculty.
During a special meeting Saturday morning, the Covington Board of Education voted 5-0 to hire Garrison, according to a district news release.
“After interviewing candidates, we believe that he is the best person for what we are trying to do,” Board Chairman Jerry Avery said. “We must get our test scores up and Mr. Garrison seems to be the person who can get things done.”
Garrison landed a four-year contract with an annual salary of $129,000, the district said. Covington Independent Schools consists of 10 schools, including a pre-school, alternative school and adult education center.
Garrison began at North Hardin as a social studies teacher and football and basketball coach. He later served as assistant principal at Radcliff Middle School before moving up to principal.
In 2006, he became principal at John Hardin.
Last fall, Garrison was selected to participate in the Minority Superintendent Internship Program — a two-year program that eventually would have led to an out-of-district internship.
Hardin County Superintendent Nannette Johnston said she met with Garrison and was aware of his career aspirations.
“We congratulate him and wish him the very best as he continues his career,” Johnston said.
John Hardin High School has excelled under Garrison’s leadership, she said, and the school district aims to continue that momentum under a new principal.
The position is posted on the school district’s website, and Johnston is meeting today with the site-based decision making council, she said. The goal is to select a new principal who is ready to begin by July 1, Johnston said.
“We will begin the selection process immediately,” she said.
With Garrison leaving at the end of June, that means John, North and Central Hardin will have been assigned new principals within the last year.
With new principals behind at the helm, Johnston said there continues to be a “real shift” in the district for schools to collaborate and work together, especially with development of the Early College and Career Center slated to open next year.
While he looks forward to the change and challenges that await him in Covington, Garrison said he will miss the John Hardin students, families, faculty and staff “from the bottom of my heart.”
“We have done remarkable things in academic achievement, co-curricular activities and extra-curricular activities,” Garrison said Sunday.
The soon-to-be superintendent has spent his entire professional career to date in Hardin County, he said, and “loved every minute of it.”
“Go Bulldogs,” he said.
Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.