VINE GROVE, KY- For the first time in its twenty-six year history, James T. Alton Middle School will open the 2020-21 School year with a second Assistant Principal on its Administration Team. Last week, the Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council confirmed the hire of long-time JTA Science teacher Nick Ritter for that role.
Ritter, a JTA, and North Hardin High School Alumni has taught Science at Alton for the past decade. In his tenure, Ritter has also served as VEX Robotics Team Coach, Science Department Chair, Team Leader, and Floor Leader.
A 2009 Graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ritter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education, and Graduate Degrees from the University of the Cumberlands in Teacher Leadership, and Georgetown College in School Administration.
Ritter says he is very much looking forward to beginning his new leadership role within the school that he himself attended as a student. “As a teacher and a former student at JTA, I take a lot of pride in this building. I want to do everything I can to make sure our school stays the best middle school in the state.”
Second-year Alton Principal Kevin Estes says that as much as Ritter is looking forward to starting his new role, that is doubly so for him, “Having one Assistant Principal for a building of almost 800 students is overwhelming, Allison (Scherer) has done an excellent job in her first year with us, but this will take some of the load off her plate and distribute the workload more evenly on our Admin team.”
Ritter emphasized that it is his intention to form strong working relationships with all of Alton’s students, but especially those that might be harder to reach. “Sometimes kids need to make a positive connection with an adult at the school because, unfortunately, there isn’t one at home...our students need to feel safe and loved while they are here, that is my goal.”