By Tom Dekle, Communications Director
From the get-go, Wes Bradley said it was about community.
Acting in a special called meeting, Friday, April 20, the Nelson County Board of Education affirmed that sentiment in naming Bradley the next superintendent for the Nelson County Schools system.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to work closely with families, teachers, and school leaders across Nelson County. I am confident that our board team and schools will continue to work tirelessly to support all students in our care,” Bradley commented. “Growing up in Nelson County, I was blessed to be in the care of remarkable mentors, teachers, and coaches. Over the past seven years, it has been an honor to share this same form of care and mentorship with others as an educational leader.”
Board Chairman Damon Jackey said prior to the vote, “As a community, we should be very pleased not only with the number of applicants we received but the overall quality of the applicants. It reaffirms something each of us across Nelson County already knew: We are a community that people, families, leaders, and visionaries want to be a part of.”
In his application for the superintendent post, Bradley’s vision and sense of pride for Nelson County Schools was evident.
“You cannot fake pride. You cannot buy pride,” Bradley said. “Throughout my adult life, I have always known Nelson County is where my heart ultimately rests,” Bradley wrote. “Plain and simple, my sense of Nelson County pride was too strong to keep me away. I am committed to serving Nelson County and its people.”
And serve it he already has. A 1999 graduate of Nelson County High School, Bradley has education credentials stretching from New York to Chicago and back to Kentucky. Since leading the opening of Thomas Nelson High School in 2012, TNHS has become an academic and cultural model for schools across Kentucky maintaining a prominent position in the KY TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning) Winner’s Circle. Throughout, Bradley has worked at TNHS to build a culture of care for teachers, students, and parents.
Bradley will start his tenure as superintendent beginning May 1.