Warren County Public Schools have added a new assistant principal at Jody Richards Elementary School and a school resource officer at Greenwood High School.

Leslie Shultz is the JRES assistant principal and Deputy Pete Rich is the new SRO at Greenwood.

Shultz, formerly a special education teacher at T.C. Cherry Elementary School, said her job duties at Jody Richards are still being set out. The administrative position is new and comes with increased enrollment at the school that opened in 2012.

Nearly 700 students attend Jody Richards. Shultz is an assistant to JRES Principal Stephanie Martin.

Shultz said she will be working on discipline and transportation issues at the school. Martin continues to head up instructional efforts. “I have been astounded at the parent participation at Jody Richards,” Shultz said. “That has led to the successes at the school.”

She is a Bullitt County native and taught in Bullitt County schools and later Butler County schools. Shultz received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and her Rank I certification at Western Kentucky University, a news release noted.

“The experienced staff has already created a positive environment for the students,” she said of her new school.

Leslie is married to Shane Shultz, and they have a daughter, Dylan, who is 21/2 years old. They live in Warren County.

Rich takes the place of Deputy Richard Kirby, who retired in December.

A patrol deputy for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office for the past three years, Rich previously worked for the Western Kentucky University Police Department. He is a graduate of the Academy of Police Supervision at Eastern Kentucky University, a release noted.

“Our main goal is to make the learning environment safe for the students and staff,” Rich said. The deputy said he’s known Kirby for several years and Kirby suggested he apply for the SRO post at GHS.

“I enjoy working with the kids,” Rich said. Rich and his wife, Jenny, live in Warren County.

— Follow education reporter Chuck Mason on Twitter at twitter.com/bgdnschools or visit bgdaily news.com.

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Couldn't the new asst principal duties been done by someone with less pay?
Why does it seemWCPS has money to burn?
WCPS should be cutting unneeded positions at many schools, no not the teachers but admin, especially at the central office, long known where bad principals get sent or have jobs created for them.
Also known by some that some maintenance workers park their vans in their back yards during the day.
Warren county tax payers do not have unlimited funds for unnecessary positions, and the huge number of immigrants and refugees in Warren is causing budget problems. Does the federal govt pay the funds for ESL classes for over 1500 students in WCPS, or the cost of building new schools due to large immigrant and refugee population growth?
I see higher taxes, tighter spending in our future, these problems need addressed now. Many of the admin workers can easily be replaced with $8 an hour workers. Some need to be let go and not replaced, does WCPS really need to pay a teacher recruiter?? Seem hundreds would apply yearly without a recruiter with WKU here. Hope the new superintendent has the gumption to clean house.

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