Michael Eric Hubbard, an English teacher at Knox Central High School, has been selected as the new principal at Central Elementary School in Barbourville.
The announcement came on Monday, June 13, concluding a five week search that was conducted by the site based decision making (SBDM) council at the school.
“This is a dream come true for my educational career as I get to be the principal at the elementary school I attended when it was Boone Elementary,” said Hubbard following news of his selection.
“Everything has come full circle and to follow in my dad’s footsteps as a principal in Knox County means everything to me.”
Hubbard, a graduate of Boone and Knox Central, started his teaching career at the high school in 2006. During the past ten years he has served as a SBDM member, department chair, PLC (professional learning community) lead, a member of the school’s emergency management team, and a leader in co-teaching.
Hubbard’s experience in both the classroom and leadership positions made him the top candidate for the job, according to members of the council. A survey recently conducted by the school showed that stakeholders desire for the next principal to have strong leadership skills (including accountability, planning, and consistency), ability to create a positive school culture for all members of the school, and be approachable whether it is to address problems or discuss ideas that will move the school forward.
“Based on the conversations of the council, and the interview that was conducted, I feel that Mr. Hubbard certainly possesses the qualities that the school was looking for in their next principal,” said Kelly Sprinkles, superintendent of the school district. Sprinkles assisted the council in the search process, guiding them through the steps required in selecting new school leaders.
“The council was committed to selecting the best candidate and naming them as soon as possible so work could begin on planning for the upcoming school year,” stated Sprinkles.
With weeks still remaining until the start of school, Hubbard already has his work planned out for his first days as principal.
“One of the first things I plan to do is let all the students, teachers, staff, and parents know I’m going to set high expectations for Central Elementary. We are going to use data everyday to make informed decisions for our school and to help lead Central Elementary toward proficiency,” said Hubbard.
“Everyone will be held accountable for the success of Central Elementary and it will take all stakeholders to help lead this school to the top.”
There were fourteen (14) completed applications for the position that were submitted within the thirty day posting window of May 3 – June 3. The council reviewed applications, conducted reference checks, and narrowed the candidates to four that were again formally interviewed last Friday. They met again on Monday to formally vote on the position.
“I want to thank everyone that has helped me along my career so far and those for all the guidance to get me where I am today, ” said Hubbard. “Most of all I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for always watching over me and my family.”
Hubbard will officially assume the role of principal on July 1.