Jenny Hester, after three years as South Warren High School assistant principal, will now lead the 1,100-student school as its principal. Hester's hiring was announced June 26 after a meeting of the school's Site-Based Decision-Making (SBDM) Council. Hester takes over from Terry Cook, who is retiring July 1.
Hester is excited to be leading a school that has excelled in academics and athletics in its three years of existence and earned School of Distinction status last year from the Kentucky Department of Education.
"I'm absolutely honored to be chosen," Hester said after being introduced as the school's principal. "There's no other place I would want to be. I want to continue the academic excellence and athletic success that South Warren is already known for. If we work together and always put students first, there's no limit to what we can accomplish."
Kathy Goff, Warren County Public Schools Interim Superintendent, complimented the SBDM Council on picking the best person for the job. "The council did an excellent job," she said. "They had a huge number of candidates. They kept working and kept working until they found the best person."
Hester, a Butler County native, has been employed in Warren County Public Schools since 2000. She taught English at Greenwood High School for five years and then served as Greenwood's assistant principal from 2006 until 2010, when she left for SWHS. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Western Kentucky University.