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Nesbitt Brings Experienced Leadership to Nelson

Nesbitt Brings Experienced Leadership to Nelson


Nelson County Schools

June 20th, 2019


Barry Nesbitt has been named as  the Interim Principal at Nelson County High School by Superintendent Wes Bradley. Nesbitt brings 14 years of principal experience to Nelson County, and will officially begin the interim role July 1st.


Bradley praised the Nelson County Site Based Decision Making team for their sincerity and  commitment in the hiring process. “Over the past ten weeks the SBDM team of parents and teachers engaged in deep conversation about the future leader of NCHS. From the outset, the conversation focused on the “best fit” for the school to thrive and grow over the next year and well beyond. While we had a number of applicants for the position, the group felt that an interim leader was appropriate. Fortunately, Mr. Nesbitt is a perfect fit to lead NCHS in the year ahead. In the end, I was highly impressed with the SBDM team and their full commitment to the future of Nelson County. “


Concerning Nesbitt’s appointment as the interim Bradley added, “It was clear to everyone that Mr. Nesbitt’s leadership style, diverse experiences, and awareness of student needs were a good fit to lead NCHS during the coming year. Barry is a smart and seasoned leader of people. He understands the needs of a school community and we expect him to do a phenomenal job at NCHS. I am confident that he has the best interest of students at heart”


An educator since 1998 , Mr. Nesbitt has degrees from Western Kentucky University in teaching K-12 Physical Education, a Masters degree in K-12 School Administration, and a Rank I certificate for School Superintendent. Nesbitt taught in Russellville Independent Schools from 1998-2005 before transitioning to the Principal role in Caverna.


Nesbitt commented, “I am excited! I have been watching Nelson County and Nelson County High School from afar over the past few years and I am honored to join this community. I am so excited to begin working closely with NCHS families, students, and staff over the coming weeks. I am confident that we will build upon the success that has continued over the past few years.”


Concerning his first year priorities, Nesbitt added, “We want to continue to strengthen culture through building strong relationships within the building and the community. It’s evident that our NCHS students are highly capable and courageous leaders. A second priority is to strengthen access and opportunities for student leadership. We know that when students lead, they change the world. A third priority is college and career access through strengthening academic and early work experiences. I believe that the vision for NCHS and the Nelson County Schools is one of the most progressive in the state of Kentucky and gives students an edge over other schools.”


Their will be an informal meet and greet with the NCHS staff this Friday the 21st of June. Mr. Nesbitt will also be preparing for a larger introduction to parents and students at the Cardinal Cookout in July.

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