Mullins honored as Administrator of the Year by KASA

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Spike in test scores contributes to selection

By Ron Benningfield

LaRue County High School Principal Paul Mullins is this year’s recipient of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators building level Administrator of the Year Award.

Mullins, who led LCHS from 120th place on CATS testing to 29th place in five years as principal, will be presented with the award this afternoon during the opening session of KASA’s 2010 annual Summer Institute at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in Louisville.

The award recognizes, according to KASA, “dynamic leaders who embody the zeal for leadership in education that KASA represents.” It is given to two people statewide, including one building-level and one district-level administrator.

“I was very humbled when I found out I had received the award,” Mullins said, “especially when I consider all the excellent elementary, middle and high school principals there are in this state.”

He continued, “It’s not just a reflection on one person, however. It also honors our great teachers, students, staff, community and supportive administrators, superintendent and school board.”

Mullins has been an important part of LaRue County Schools’ implementation of several innovative programs including the Laptop Initiative, School Administrative Manager Project, Professional Learning Community and Kentucky Leadership Academy.

“Paul is an advocate for all of the students who enter our high school,” said Sam Sanders, LaRue County Schools’ superintendent. “He has stated on many occasions that every decision we make has to be in the best interest of our students.”

Sanders said Mullins has lived by those convictions as principal, and that, in turn, has influenced the students’ success during his tenure there.

“Students are learning at higher levels and teacher morale is high,” Sanders added. “The community understands that great things are happening at LCHS and this ultimately builds our community.”

Wayne Young, executive director of KASA said, “Paul has been an example for many around him by tirelessly leading our educators, parents and students in improving education. His devotion to the education of Kentucky’s children is beyond commendable; it is inspiring and contagious.”

Mullins’ wife Tonda is a math teacher at LaRue County Middle School. They have three children " Christian, a freshman at Georgetown College; and twins Matthew and Dylan, who are fifth graders at Hodgenville Elementary School.

An Elizabethtown High School graduate, Mullins earned an associate’s degree at Elizabethtown Community College; a bachelor’s degree, master’s and Rank I from Western Kentucky University. 

He has broad experience as a classroom teacher, high school assistant principal, and elementary, middle, high school principal and athletic director.

He served as an assistant coach of Elizabethtown’s girls’ basketball teams that were state runners-up in 1997 and state champions in 1998.

He is the Heartland regional representative on the KASA board of directors and is a past director of the Kentucky Coalition of School Volunteer Organizations.

KASA is the largest school administrators group in Kentucky, representing more than 3,000 education leaders from across the commonwealth.