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Brian Alexander has been named the next Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools, in an announcement from the Edmonson County Board of Education.
In a released statement, the Edmonson County Board of Education said they voted in a special call Board meeting Monday evening to select Mr. Brian Alexander as the next Superintendent of the district. Mr. Alexander is currently the District’s High School Principal.
Board Chair Mickey Johnson discussed the decision.
"It was a decision that had a lot of responsibility and the Board interviewed five outstanding candidates and felt the Board made the best decision for the Edmonson County School District moving forward by selecting Brian Alexander as the next superintendent." Johnson said.
A 25-year education veteran, Alexander began his career at Warren Central High School in 1995. He moved to Edmonson County in 1996 as a business teacher until moving into a position in administration and athletic director of Edmonson County High School in 1998. Alexander left Edmonson County in 2003 to become principal of Caneyville Elementary School but returned to Edmonson County as principal of Edmonson County High School from 2005-2014. He then served as Director of Pupil Personnel at the Central office of Edmonson County Schools from 2014-2019 before returning to Edmonson County High School again as principal for the 2019-2020 school year.
Alexander is also a 1988 graduate of ECHS who played football, baseball, and basketball. He was a member of the 1988 District Championship Basketball team and went on to play both baseball and football at Campbellsville University. He later coached various combinations of middle and high school sports, including football at ECMS and head football coach at ECHS.
"It has been my honor and privilege to spend almost my entire career as an employee of the Edmonson County School District," said Alexander. "My career working with the children of Edmonson County has been very rewarding, and I look forward to the future of Edmonson County schools in this new role. I appreciate the opportunity to lead the school district, and I am very excited where we will be going forward."
Alexander also said the promotion comes as both humbling and staggering at the same time.
"Part of this change will be difficult because of the current situation we face with the pandemic, but there's a lot of things I want to do and I look forward to the challenge. Right now, there's no 'normal,' but we have a great school district and and even better community and I know we'll accomplish a lot as the next year starts."
Brian resides in the Big Reedy community of Edmonson County with his wife, Lori, and children Jared, Blake, Will and Emma-Claire.
Edmonson County High School will have to begin the process of finding a new principal for the second consecutive year as Alexander transitions into his new role. Current Superintendent Waddell is set to retire June 30th of this year. Alexander replaced the departing Tommy Hodges on July 9, 2019 as principal.
Mr. Alexander said he will officially tender his resignation as principal sometime next week in order to accept the superintendent role and that he will officially begin the new position sometime mid-summer. The ECHS Site-Based Decision Making Council will then accept and process applications for the next principal of the high school. That hire is also scheduled to be made over the summer.