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Fayette County Public Schools announces new principals for Bryan Station, Morton Middle School

New principals have been selected for Bryan Station High School and Morton Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced, welcoming one leader from another district and celebrating another on her leadership advancement in FCPS.

Named were:

• Eric Hale, new principal of Bryan Station High School
• Twanjua Jones, new principal of Morton Middle School

Each of them has traveled a different path to these new positions, but together they exemplify the FCPS twin human capital strategies – drawing talent from outside the district while growing leaders within the FCPS organization.

Eric Hale

“People are passionate about wanting to be leaders in Fayette County Public Schools at this time, which is a reflection of the incredible work happening both in our schools and at the district level,” Caulk said. “Although we have not been able to talk in person since their selection, I had an opportunity to meet virtually with Eric and by phone with Twanjua to hear each of their visions for their new roles.

“They both feel a calling to serve all students at high levels and work with a sense of urgency to meet the moral imperatives facing our district.”

Hale has 15 years of experience in the field of education and comes to FCPS from Fairview Independent Schools, where he most recently held the post of Achievement Gap Director of Student Services. He started his career as a fifth grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, where he later became principal, and moved from that role to assistant principal and then principal of Fairview High School, a position he held for six years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in school leadership, and an education specialist’s degree and certification as a superintendent and director of pupil personnel, all from Morehead State University.

“I am so excited to welcome Mr. Hale,” said Interim Middle School Chief Julie Wright, who was involved in the search. “He brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion for students that the Bryan Station High School community has been looking for to move the school to the next level of success.”

Twanjua Jones

Jones has 24 years of experience in education and began her career as a high school math teacher in North Carolina, where she also held posts as a principal intern, assistant principal and principal. She moved to Kentucky in 2007, and served for seven years as the associate principal at Morton Middle School before joining the district leadership team as a minority administrative intern.

In 2014 she was named principal of Yates Elementary School, and she has served in that role since. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a master’s degree in school administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Rank I in educational leadership from the University of Kentucky, where she is also pursuing her doctoral degree.

“The SBDM Council and I are excited for Mrs. Jones’ to return as Mustang,” said Chief of High Schools James McMillin, who was involved with the search process. “She is an energetic and student-centered leader, and I can’t wait to see the positive changes she brings to Morton Middle School and its community.”

Hale and Jones will officially assume their duties on July 1.

From Fayette County Public Schools

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