Will Begley, 2014 KASSP Principal of the YearIt is with great pleasure that we announce that Boyle County High School Principal, Will Begley, has been selected as the “KASSP Principal of the Year.”  This is the highest award given to a secondary principal by the Kentucky Association of Secondary School Principals.

In 2005, Mr. Begley accepted the position of Assistant Principal, and in 2010 he became Principal of Boyle County High School. Under his leadership, the school has expanded and improved the learning opportunities available to all students; the Advanced Placement program has grown from 9 AP classes to 16, 60 hours of dual credit have been added, the average ACT composite score has risen from 18.2 to 20.7, College and Career Readiness has risen from 52% to 77.6%, and earlier this school year, Boyle County High School was named a “Distinguished” high school by the Kentucky Department of Education. Even with this long list of accomplishments, Mr. Begley continues to look for ways to improve the quality of education in Boyle County. Recently, BCHS pursued, and was awarded a Beamis grant, which will allow for the implementation of the Project Lead the Way curriculum and promote engineering opportunities to students. Mr. Begley has been instrumental in improving the high school curriculum, and we are grateful for his leadership in our school system.

“I was surprised when I received a phone call informing me that I was chosen for this prestigious award.  I am very flattered and look forward to representing all the high school principals in Kentucky when I visit Washington, DC in September.”  Mr. Begley adds, “We really have a pretty good formula for success.  We truly have the best kids; they come to school each day and want to learn. Their parents send them out the door each morning with high expectations.  This, coupled with the best faculty and staff in Kentucky, makes for an effective school and one our community is really proud of.”

Superintendent Mike Lafavers is not as surprised by the news that Will Begley was selected for this award. “The recent academic success at BCHS is a direct result of the excellent leadership that Will and his team have provided the school. John Maxwell describes this success as the ‘law of the lid’. When you have great leaders, the organization has a high ceiling, and as a result, great capacity.”

Mr. Begley will travel to Washington, D.C. this September to join Principal of the Year representatives from each state and to take part in the Principal’s Institute and Awards Banquet, which is sponsored by MetLife and NASSP.  The Institute not only salutes principalship, but also provides a forum for honorees to share best practices and expertise.  Each year, the program honors secondary school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and who have demonstrated exemplary contributions to the profession.

Mr. Begley  is also a contender for the national MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year award, which will be announced in September.  Will lives in Harrodsburg with his wife Allison and their two daughters, Ellie and Molly.

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