Madison Doyle, story and photo:
Superintendent of Edmonson County Schools Brian Alexander introduced Josh Long as the new principal at South Edmonson Elementary today. Long previously held the principal position at SEES in 2018, and resigned before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. Today, he was welcomed back with cheering and applause from all staff members in the crowd.
Mr. Long first addressed the crowd with an apology. "I first want to say that I'm sorry. When I left, I thought I was making the right choice, but I was wrong," he said. "This is my home, and this school deserves someone who calls this place. I'm gonna make things right this year, you have my word."
When asked what prompted Mr. Long to come back to SEES, he was very quick to respond. "This is home, this is where I grew up and this is where I went to school," he started. "I feel like I have the experience and dedication to this place. Out of all the places I could go and work, this where I need and want to be. I feel like the Edmonson County School system is just the perfect place for me, and there's just no other place that compares to here."
Superintendent Alexander said the school district is happy to welcome back Mr. Long. "We were pleased to be able to review a strong candidate pool, and after many hours of interviews and reflection, Mr. Long was chosen again to lead at South Edmonson," he said. "I would also like to thank Ms. Sarah Hatton for her leadership this year at South Edmonson, and wish her the best in her new endeavor as Supervisor of Instruction in Adair County.