All of the principals in the Barren County School District are relatively new to the job.
The Director of Instruction, Benny Lile, says: "We have eight principals in our district, and this year four are new first year principals, and none of the principals have more than two years experience."
To help with the transition, the district has turned to the International Center for Leadership in Education to help with starting a mentoring program for all of the principals.
Courtney Crews knows first hand what a new principal goes through. This is her second year as a principal at Barren County Middle and while there are happy moments, there are also times when she might need resources or advice, which is where the mentoring program comes in.
The elementary schools turn to Brenda Hauser, who is retired from the Daviess County district. The middle and high school principals turn to Jim Causby, who served as a superintendent in North Carolina.
The mentors visit the school periodically to discuss programs that have been implemented and what the principals plan to do in the future.
They are also available by phone or Email anytime.
The principals we spoke to say they are happy to have this resource to turn to.