Seeking leadership opportunities closer to home, Morningside Elementary School’s principal is stepping down at the end of this week.

Karla Buckingham has led the school for four years, but she lives in Bullitt County. Elizabethtown Independent Schools Superintendent Jon Ballard said she was leaving to pursue other leadership opportunities. He did not say if she had another job lined up.

Buckingham started working at Morningside in 2005 as a fifth-grade teacher.

The school’s site-based, decision-making council met Wednesday and voted to have an interim principal lead Morningside for the rest of the year.

Ballard named Tim Mudd to the interim role. Mudd coached the Elizabethtown High School girls’ basketball team for 22 years and currently teaches physical education at Helmwood Heights Elementary School.

Ballard said Mudd was a proven leader and perfect for the school.

“His skills as a leader and team-builder are perfect for this job and this time,” he said.

Mudd will start after fall break, which is this week.

Ballard said he wants Mudd “to get everybody focused and on the same page.”

Over the last two years, every EIS school has seen a change in leadership as principals retired or moved to district-level positions.

The council will start its search after spring break and hope to have a new principal hired by May, according to a timeline outlined by Ballard.

“It’s the most important thing that a council does,” Ballard said. “I anticipate good applicants. ... I feel good about Morningside.”

Katherine Knott can be reached at 270-505-1747 or

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