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OKH Principal to lead District Environmental Safety and Operations

Melissa Cases

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 — Nelson County Schools tapped an experienced educator and administrator with Friday’s announcement that Melissa Case will transition to the role of Director of Operations and Environmental Safety.

Case will oversee environmental operations and safety functions, school-based resource officers and related community partnerships in her new role. This role is a part of the district’s commitment to ensure the federal School Violence Prevention grant is used to effectively build school culture and ensure operational safety.

“Melissa’s skill set and passion are a great fit for this role. She has strong ties to our community and our schools, and has shown powerful leadership at every level — the classroom, teacher and school leader,” said Wes Bradley, superintendent for Nelson County Schools. “Melissa has a gift for seeing the big picture operationally, but also a real knack for understanding that excellence in the small things provides a foundation for student success.”

Case has served as principal of Old Kentucky Home Middle School since the 2018-19 school year. Prior to taking the lead at Old Kentucky Home Middle, Case was the assistant principal. She has been a middle school math and science teacher, as well as a high school media specialist and learning coach. She is a 1995 graduate of Nelson County High School and a Bloomfield native. The OKH principal selection process will commence in the coming days, with an anticipated hire prior to the July start date.

“I am proud of the culture our team has created over the last four years at OKH.  It has been a team effort that included our teachers, our students and our families,” Case said. “As our district transitions to a community campus I am excited about the possibilities this will bring for our students and families and to be a part of the team leading this work.” While Case’s portfolio will include a broad range of operational oversight, she said one thing will take clear precedence — the care for and safety of our students.

“Our responsibility includes providing emotional safety and support to foster an environment that promotes learning and trust. That sort of safety comes through a culture in our schools where students feel they belong and care for their fellow classmates,” Case said.

Another early effort will revolve around aligning resources to best support students and families in a broad range of services including transportation, maintenance, health and nutrition. Along with school principals, Case will work closely with future School Resource Officers, Directors of Transportation, and School Maintenance to ensure ongoing attention to operational excellence as we unify middle and high schools.

“I know from my time in Nelson County Schools that we have outstanding students, supportive families, invested leaders and a caring community,” Case said. “These partnerships will be key in the continued success of the NCS over the years to come.”

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