A LaRue County native has been hired as principal at LaRue County Middle School.
Jason Detre, a 1999 graduate of LaRue County High School, said he is looking forward to working with the community, the school system and students in his new role.
Detre, the son of John and Carlotta Detre of Hodgenville, earned a master of arts and Rank 1 degree from Western Kentucky University. He has served as principal of New Haven Elementary and middle school in Nelson County, assistant principal at Spencer County Middle School and agriculture teacher at Nelson County High School.
Detre said his goal was to become a teacher but “after a few doors opened,” he found he enjoyed administration.
The LCMS site-based council selected Detre out of 17 applicants. The committee used an online survey to narrow the selection, according to Superintendent Sam Sanders, who serves as principal selection chair on the committee.
The top three criteria from the community-wide survey were treating others with dignity and respect; an effective instructional leader; and acts with integrity and fairness in an ethical manner.
“Mr. Detre has a very strong and versatile education background,” said Sanders. “Having taught agriculture, served as assistant principal and also as principal will serve him well.
Sanders said Detre, as a two-time state champion wrestler, “knows what hard work and dedication is all about.”
“This (council) worked really hard at selecting the right principal,” Sanders added. “Being an effective communicator, having the ability to improve climate and culture, and having a vision to continue the academic excellence was very important to everyone. I believe when you look at the criteria the staff, parents and community wanted in a principal, Mr. Detre was a good choice.”
Other SBDM members are Joe Reed, Andy Arendt, Angie White, Heather Hynes and Jackie Harley.
Detre said it is “an honor to return to LaRue County and serve a community that afforded me so many opportunities as a youth.”
Detre and his wife, the former Natalie Kern, lived in Bardstown for several years. They are now renting a home in Hodgenville and have purchased a small farm where they hope to build a house.
His extended family is pleased to have them nearby.
“Twenty-to-30 minutes (driving time) makes a big difference,” he said.
Natalie is a gifted and talented teacher in the Hardin County School System. They have two children, Emily Jo, 6, and Jace Daniel, 3.
Detre began duties Jan. 29. He takes over from Bob Bright, who accepted a position out of state.
As news of his hire spread, he has found “a very positive, welcoming atmosphere.”
“It’s a good feeling to be welcomed back home,” he said.