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By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

Longtime educator and administrator Nancy Ash has been named the interim principal at Lebanon High School for the 2009-2010 school year, replacing Clint Wilson who will be reassigned to another administrative position with Wilson County Schools.

The change at LHS was confirmed Tuesday by Wilson County Director of Schools Mike Davis.

“That’s correct,” he said of the change in personnel which was made on Monday.

Davis said he wanted someone in place to begin planning for the upcoming school year and by naming Ash as interim principal work on the ’09-’10 year could begin.

To fill the position permanently, he said, the contract between Wilson County Schools and Wilson County Education Association requires that the vacancy be advertised. Davis said it was important for LHS to have someone in place now, and if he had to advertise the position it would likely be the middle of July before the new principal could begin. “That’s not good for that school,” Davis added.

Davis said he could advertise the position later, but having someone in place now gives school system officials more time to do that.

“I knew she was the person I wanted for that job,” Davis said, noting Ash began teaching in Wilson County Schools in the fall of 1979. She is a 1975 graduate of LHS.

Ash taught English for a number of years at Mt. Juliet High School. She was named Teacher of the Year at LHS on several occasions and was named countywide Teacher of the Year twice, in 1989 and in 1994.

Ash was named assistant principal at LHS in 2001.

“She has had a distinguished career,” Davis said, noting she was a “strong administrator.”

Ash has headed up the curriculum alignment at Lebanon High and “is astute in analyzing data” regarding various tests students are now required to take, he said, adding, “I think Ms. Ash will do a tremendous job.”

Wilson, who came to LHS in 2007 from Metro Nashville Public Schools, “will be reassigned to another administrative position in the district,” Davis said. The change in leadership, he added, “was something I discussed with him (and felt) it was in his best interest and the best interest of the system to make that move.”

Wilson was a seventh grade teacher in Nashville from 1998-2002. Davis said he served as an assistant principal for part of the year in 2003 and was also a teacher for grades 9-12. He was named to an assistant principal’s position in Nashville where he served from 2004-2006. He came to LHS in 2007.

Davis said he expects to name Wilson to his new position within the next few weeks, adding there were some options he is considering.

The recent naming of Tim Bell as the new principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School means that an assistant principal’s position is now open. Also, Robbin Morthel, who served as principal at West Elementary, has been named to a new position within the district that will involve working with special education. Her promotion leaves that position vacant.

Depending upon who is named to as West’s new principal, it might leave an assistant principal’s position somewhere vacant, he said.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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