Darren Doyle, story and photo:
South Edmonson Elementary Principal Jamie Woosley has announced that he has accepted a job at a newly built elementary school, Jennings Creek Elementary in Warren County.
In a public statement, he thanked parents for the opportunities he's been given here in Edmonson County over the past five years.
"There have been bumps in the road, but WE have always endured them and have become stronger, as a school and community, because of them. South is one of the best schools in the state. It is filled with superstar teachers and staff that work tirelessly to develop students academically and socially," he said in the statement.
Woosley said that a couple of weeks ago, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented itself. This week, he was offered the position and he accepted.
"This position will allow me to be ten minutes from my family and my growing boys, and I will be able to do something that only a handful of people get the chance to do," he said.
He closed the statement by saying, "I do not know when my last day at South Edmonson will be. I can tell you that I love your kids, I love the teachers and staff, and I love this community. You have never been anything but supportive and caring, always having the best interest of the students in mind. Thank you for allowing me to spend a small portion of my life with your wonderful kids. I will forever cherish my time spent at South Edmonson."
Woosley also told the Edmonson Voice that he has certainly grown to love South Edmonson over the past few years.
"I love this community and Edmonson County, but I couldn't pass this up for my own family," he said. "South Edmonson is a great school and I'm proud to be a Bulldog."
No timetable has been set for finding a replacement for Principal Woosley and it is unknown how much longer he will remain at South Edmonson.