Darren Doyle, story and photo:
The Edmonson County Board of Education has announced that Kyrock Elementary has named local educator Shaun Stice as the school's new principal. An Edmonson County native, he lives with his wife Carol, who is Instructional Supervisor for Edmonson County Schools, and their two children, both enrolled in local schools.
The new hiring comes after the retirement of Principal Jimmy White, a long-time educator and administrator in the Edmonson County School system.
Stice is a 1997 graduate of Edmonson County High School and a 2001 and 2005 graduate of WKU with degrees in Financial Planning and Math. He was first hired at Barren County Middle School as a math teacher in 2007 and later took a position at ECHS in 2011, again instructing math.
He later taught math at Edmonson County Middle School where he also coached the boys basketball team from 2015-2017.
Stice said he's always had aspirations of becoming a local principal and jumped at the opportunity when the position became available at Kyrock.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity but I never really thought it would come this soon," the 38 year old said. "I already know Kyrock is a great school and I want to maintain the culture there," he said about the Distinguished-rated school. "I want to lead but also offer my help and support to keep things improving there. All of our schools in Edmonson County are performing well and I want to continue to do my part in helping our kids."
Stice is the son of longtime educator and administrator David Stice, who filled many roles in the county school system, including principal. His mother, Sandy Stice is also a longtime educator in Edmonson Schools. He said he discussed the job with his father before applying for the job.
"He told me to go for it," Stice said. "He encouraged me and said he knew I was a good leader and was 100% on board."
Both David and Sandy told the Edmonson Voice they were very proud of Shaun.
When asked if Stice, who grew up as a Brownsville Bulldog (now South Edmonson) received any playful jabs from either side about coming on board with the Blackhawks, he laughed and replied, "There were a few jokes made and I made some, too, but nothing too much." There has always been a fun rivalry between the two elementary schools.
Stice will officially report for duty on July 1, 2017 and said he has a meeting scheduled with former Principal White to discuss current matters in the school as an orientation. Other than that, he said he's ready to hit the ground running.
"I'm thankful for the opportunity to advance my career here in Edmonson County where I've lived all my life," he said. "My family and I plan on staying here and we look forward to this new position where I can continue to be part this great community."
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