The School-Based Decision Making council for Vine Grove Elementary has chosen the school’s principal for the 2019-20 school year.
Ashley Cockriel, who previously served as the school’s assistant principal, has been promoted. She began her duties Wednesday. She succeeds James Luttrell, who resigned after a year on the job.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity at such a student-centered school,” Cockriel said in a district news release. “The staff, the students and their parents are part of my family. Our school is the best at placing students and their growth as priority one. I appreciate the council’s faith in me to lead with the expectation of continued excellence in this school community.”
Cockriel came to Vine Grove Elementary a year ago to serve as the school’s assistant principal. She started her career as a fifth-grade teacher at Rineyville Elementary School. After four years, she returned to her native Grayson County to serve as a fifth-grade teacher at Lawler Elementary School in Leitchfield for three years.
“We are looking forward to Mrs. Cockriel serving in her new role,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in a news release. “She is dedicated to the students at Vine Grove and knows what it will take for them to continue to receive the best education possible. She has developed and collaborated with other staff in creating successful strategies that provided strong student growth and she will continue to do so while serving as principal.”
Cockriel said communication will be important to her success as principal.
“I encourage the staff, students and their parents to always connect with me as we all seek what is best for our students,’’ she said. “Our school is strong because we depend on each other and help each other grow. I’m excited to see what this year holds and the many years to come.”
Cockriel is a 2007 graduate of Grayson County High School and a 2011 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she also earned her Master of Arts degree.
Morgan said 20 people applied for the position and four were interviewed.
Vine Grove Elementary is not the only school that will have a new principal for this upcoming school year in Hardin County Schools. Applicants for Meadow View Elementary School principal in Radcliff may be interviewed as early as next week, Morgan said.