LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens has named Waggener High principal Katy Zeitz as the district's new Achievement Area Superintendent.

Zeitz will oversee the district's Success Pathways schools. As part of her work, Zeitz will work to create a new behavior management system for the district that will be responsive to students and teachers.

Zeitz will begin her new position on July 1 and will make $147,153. She currently makes $137,669 as principal at Waggener.

“Katy is a leader of change,” Hargens said.  “She is a proven fighter for kids. During her time at Waggener, she helped create the dual certification degrees and lead Waggener’s exodus from priority status.”

Zeitz told WDRB on Tuesday she is "thrilled" with this new opportunity.

"I understand the importance of aligning the work of the Success Pathway Schools and integrating them into a comprehensive, districtwide behavioral management system. I look forward to serving these schools."

Over the past six years, 21 schools in Jefferson County have been identified as priority schools for having chronically low test scores and during that time, the district has received more than $35 million in federal grant money to help turn them around.

This year, Waggener High and Fern Creek High were the only two JCPS schools able to exit priority status.

Zeitz replaces Kirk Lattimore, who retired from the district in February. But unlike the five other area assistant superintendents who oversee a handful of the district's elementary, middle and high schools, Zeitz will only over the district's alternative schools, which include Minor Daniels Academy, Breckinridge Metro High, Liberty High School, Jefferson County High School and the Phoenix School of Discovery.

The other five assistant superintendents, Amy Dennes, Glenn Baete, Michelle Dillard, Paige Hartstern and Joe Leffert have been assigned Lattimore's previous schools, which include Bloom, Byck, Chenoweth, Englehard, Foster, Hawthorne, Hite, John F. Kennedy, Lowe, Maupin, Middletown, Shelby, St. Matthews, Stopher, Wheatley and Young elementary schools; Crosby, Highland, Myers and Western middle schools and Atherton, Eastern and Waggener high schools.

Zeitz has worked for JCPS since 2000. She first worked for the district as a teacher at Ballard High School.

She then worked as a principal intern at Fairdale High School, before returning to Ballard as an assistant principal. She has been the principal of Waggener High since 2011.

The search for a new principal will begin immediately, Hargens said.

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