The Site-Based Decision Making Council at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School has asked Hal Bender, one of the school’s assistant principal, to be the school’s next principal. He will begin his new role on July 1.
"I am very proud to have the confidence of the SBDM council and the G. C. Burkhead Elementary School staff,” Bender said. “I knew quickly that coming to G.C. Burkhead was the best decision for me. I knew this is where I wanted to be for a long time. I feel blessed to work with the families and students in our school family.”
Bender has served as the school’s assistant principal since the beginning of the 2014-15 school year. Before that, he was as a social studies teacher at Central Hardin High School. He started there in 2003 and worked in that position until his arrival at G.C. Burkhead. He was also the head girls’ soccer coach at CHHS from 2005 until 2014 and was the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 2011.
“Mr. Bender will do an outstanding job as the new leader at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School,” Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “His time as assistant principal has been invaluable. Those experiences will serve him well. The school has a tradition of excellence and I know that he is up to the challenge.”
“I’m looking forward to achieving all of our school’s goals with the tremendous staff that we have at G.C. Burkhead,” Bender said. “I am confident in all of our staff. They are student-centered and are dedicated to student success. Ms. (Melissa) Case and Mr. (Bobby) Lewis did a great job of pushing G.C. Burkhead in a positive direction. They were both great mentors to me. I am excited to continue our growth as we work to meet the needs of each and every student that walks through our door."
“Members of the SBDM council heard from several parents and school stakeholders,” Morgan said. “Those discussions yielded lots of praise and respect for Mr. Bender and the work he has done. I am pleased that the council came to this decision.”
Bender is a 1999 graduate of Muhlenberg North High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky in 2003 and Master’s degree from UK in 2004. He earned his Rank I certificate in Educational Administration from the University of the Cumberlands in 2011.
Bobby Lewis was selected by Morgan to be the school’s interim principal in September after Melissa Case, former G.C. Burkhead Elementary principal, resigned to take a position in another district.