Mrs. Hatton Becomes Third Female Principal In Edmonson County History
Darren Doyle, story and photo:
South Edmonson Elementary will have a brand new principal to start the next school year after announcing that Mrs. Sarah Hatton has accepted the position.
Superintendent of Schools Brian Alexander said Mrs. Hatton, who comes from Logan County, had glowing recommendations.
"Our Site Based Decision Making Council underwent a very thorough process with nine total applicants," he said. "One withdrew from the running and then five candidates were given interviews. Our Site Based felt strongly about Mrs. Hatton and we're excited to bring her experience to South Edmonson. She seems ready to hit the ground running."
Mrs. Hatton has 14 years experience as a teacher in all grades K-8th and has 6 years experience as an assistant principal at Auburn Elementary in Logan County.
"I was looking for a school in a strong community that was also in a family-hometown-type of community," Mrs. Hatton said. "That's really important to me and I feel South Edmonson and Edmonson County have that."
She was already somewhat familiar with the county, having worked at Camp Joy over 20 years ago while studying in college.
She is the third female principal in the history of Edmonson County Schools. Anna Sturgeon was the first, who served that role at ECHS from 1998 to 2001. Mary Alice Cole also served as Kyrock principal from 2001 to 2010.
The departing Josh Long has accepted a job as a counselor at South Green Elementary in Glasgow, Superintendent Alexander said.
Mrs. Hatton said she is excited to meet everyone at SEES and is eager to get to know the community.
"I'm looking forward to the upcoming year," she added. "I'm hoping we can get back to some normalcy and have a lot of fun at South Edmonson."
She is married and has four children, ranging in ages from 2 years to 14 years old. She will officially begin her duties on July 1st.
The Edmonson County 5/6 Center also has a principal vacancy after Rex Booth recently accepted the Principal role at Russellville High School. According to Mr. Alexander, the 5/6 Center plans on making an announcement sometime next week.