Bright named LCMS principal

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Site-based council considered 27 candidates

By Ron Benningfield

Bob Bright, principal at Bernheim Middle School in Shepherdsville for the past three years, will be the new principal at LaRue County Middle School.

Bright was one of 27 candidates reviewed by the LaRue County Middle School site-based decision-making council and Superintendent Sam Sanders.

Sanders said the applicant pool was the best he could recall during his eight-year tenure as superintendent.

“We had 27 applicants and a majority of these had administrative experience,” Sanders said. “I was impressed with the middle school council. They did their homework and worked very diligently throughout this process.”

Bright’s former school was a 2010 candidate for the National Blue Ribbon Schools, National Schools to Watch and a Kentucky Department of Education Arts and Humanities pilot site.

“When you look at Bernheim Middle School under Bob Bright’s leadership for the past three years, it is nothing short of amazing,” Sanders said. “The school has positively transformed in every aspect.”

Bright, a former language arts teacher and library media specialist, is also a national writing project consultant and a Kentucky and national Beta Club chairman. He is married to Kay Graham-Bright, principal at Cumber-land County High School. They have a son who will be a junior at Western Kentucky University.

LCMS site-based council member and principal selection chair Carla Preston said, “Hiring a principal is the toughest job a council can be required to undertake. Everyone on the committee took great pains to do all things carefully and thoroughly in order to make the best decision possible for all involved.”

Other members of the council are Joy McAllister Cox, Seronia Hudson, Jeanie Cox, Jennifer Price and Bill Hawkins.

John Roberts, public relations director for Bullitt County Schools, described Bright as “an outstanding principal with great leadership qualities.”

“He will be missed,” Roberts said.

Bright’s duties at LCMS begin July 1. The district will hold a reception for students, parents and community members before the start of the 2010-11 school year.

He replaces Corey Keith who resigned to take a job with KDE.

Bright is attending a national conference and unavailable for comment until after July 5.

Editor Linda Ireland contributed to this story.