Lewis named HCS director of student services

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Hardin County Schools to start search for principal vacancy at G.C. Burkhead

With years of experience as an assistant principal and principal behind him, Bryan Lewis is moving into a position where he will influence a wider net of students.

Lewis, principal at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School, has been named director of student services for Hardin County Schools. He replaces Chris Reed, who assumes the role of associate superintendent for human resources next week.

The selection is effective Monday, though Lewis is out of town next week because of prior engagements.

As director of student services, Lewis will work with families throughout the district on truancy resolution and school attendance while also reporting attendance data to the Kentucky Department of Education.

“I am excited,” Lewis said. “I’m really excited to work with the parents, students and families.”

Lewis said he wants to assist students in developing the knowledge base and skills they need to succeed long after they leave the school.

One of the most challenging but rewarding aspects of his new job is cultivation of relationships with those individual students and families, he said, demonstrating how much he wants to work with them and resolve conflicts as they arise.

“We’re all trying to help each other,” Lewis said.

The job also will allow him to work under a larger umbrella and reach more students than he could as a principal, he said.

“Our students must be in the classroom to have the best chance to learn,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said in a statement. “Sometimes there are challenges that prevent students from those opportunities. Bryan will help our families overcome those challenges so our students can succeed in and out of the classroom.”

Lewis joined Hardin County Schools as a physical education teacher in 1998 at the former Radcliff Middle School, according to a Hardin County Schools news release. He served as interim assistant principal at G.C. Burkhead during the 2004-05 school year and was assistant principal at Lincoln Trail Elementary School for three years before being named principal at G.C. Burkhead in 2008.

The vacancy at G.C. Burkhead will be posted immediately and the school’s site-based decision making council will assemble to start the search for a new principal, according to Hardin County Schools.

Johnstonsaid Lewis’ work at G.C. Burkhead was highly valued and the district will use care in choosing a replacement.

Lewis said G.C. Burkhead holds a special place in his heart as a former student and administrator who found camaraderie among his colleagues. He said the school always has been and will continue to be great.

“I’m just really thankful and truly grateful to have learned so much from the people at G.C. Burkhead,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com