BSHS principal to become district's chief of high schools
Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk’s first personnel decision four years ago was to place James McMillin as interim principal at Bryan Station High School. Now Caulk has announced that McMillin will join his cabinet as chief of high schools, effective July 1, 2019. “James led the transformation of Bryan Station High School from a school that had been on the state’s watch list to a national model for connecting rigorous classroom learning with real world experiences,” Caulk said in the June 18 news release. “Having that leadership capacity at the district level will be invaluable as we continue to drive innovation in Fayette County.”
As chief of high schools, McMillin will oversee the district’s six comprehensive high schools, three technical centers, 10 special programs, athletics, and other high school-related programming. McMillin replaces Randy Peffer, who is retiring at the end of June. “In his new role, James will continue to support Bryan Station, while helping drive innovation across the system to achieve greater equity,” Caulk said.
During McMillin’s tenure, Bryan Station adopted standards-based grading and became the first high school in Fayette County to adopt the academy model, which divides the school into smaller learning communities centered on a career focus. Students in The Academies of Lexington complete career pathways according to their interests while taking Advanced Placement and dual-credit classes.
In partnership with Commerce Lexington, FCPS has been designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community where students, staff, families, and community partners work together to make learning relevant and share ownership for student success. The strength of those structures ensures the work at Bryan Station will continue, Caulk said. “James brought stability to Bryan Station and helped change the culture and climate of the building by placing a priority on student learning, family engagement, and open communication,” he said. “Those changes have taken root and become part of the fabric of the school.”
McMillin, who has 15 years of experience in education, started his career as a biology teacher at Henry Clay High School. He served as an associate principal at Woodford County Middle School and Tates Creek Middle School before accepting the principal’s job at Bryan Station High School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky and two master’s degrees – in curriculum and instruction from UK and in school leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. McMillin, 38, and wife Heather have two daughters: Lyla, 10, and Caraline, 5.
The School-Based Decision Making Council at Bryan Station will set a timeline for hiring a principal.
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