Nelson County Schools
May 17th, 2019
The Academy, an alternative school setting within Nelson County Schools, will be undergoing systematic changes in the 2019-2020 school year, all under the leadership of a new principal. Mark Webster, currently serving as the assistant principal at Thomas Nelson High School, has been named by Superintendent Wes Bradley as the next principal of The Academy.
“Over the past five years the vision for The Academy has continued to assume a more holistic approach for students. As we transition into the 2019-2020 school year the vision, coupling academic supports with intensive social-emotional and work based learning experiences will allow us to serve students more deeply. Mark is a perfect fit to build the future of The Academy.” Bradley added, “Current Principal, Scott Rouse, strengthened the cultural foundation of The Academy and leaves so much for the future to build upon. Increased opportunities for students has led to stronger graduation rates and student retention.”
An educator since 2007, Mr. Webster has degrees from Morehead State University, The University of the Cumberlands and recently completed coursework at the University of Kentucky.
“As we seek to create the future for students at The Academy, I look forward to partnering with Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Arnold to bring new experiences in CARETAKING to our students,” Webster commented. “I am grateful for my collaboration with Mr. Rouse over the past three years, as he has laid a foundation of culture to begin building from.”
Robin McCoy, Director of Community Health and Engagement states, ““Mark’s experience as well as his vision to develop collaborative community experiences makes us confident that students entering next year will feel a sense of identity and care to pursue their journey.”
Laura Arnold, Workforce Development Director, “As Nelson County Schools strives to better connect our students to the community, Mark’s vision will challenge us to rethink the traditional school setting.” Arnold added, “He is focused on creating mentorship programs that engage community members and employers. These connections will broaden student experiences in addition to strengthening the workforce pipeline for Nelson County.”
Webster commented, “I think that our vision in The Nelson County Schools is incredibly powerful and I am excited to begin the work at The Academy, and I look forward to learning with the teachers and caretakers working with our students, as well as our students and families. I feel like we will be building a model alternative setting for the state of Kentucky.