CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WDRB) - Greg Schultz is the new leader at Oldham County Schools, ready to take on a new school year and district.
"I love what I do, I've always loved what I do, I knew I wanted to be in education since middle school," said Schultz.
Schultz has worked in Oldham County before. His previous job was in Bullitt County as the assistant superintendent of student learning.
"Now if you would've asked me 26 years ago if I'd be the superintendent of Oldham County Schools I probably would've thought no way. I was a teacher here, I was a coach here, I was in administration this was never in my long range plans, I let my career take me where it needed me to take," said Schultz.
He takes on a system with a reputation for high test scores. His challenge is to hone in on the students who are behind.
"We have great assessment scores but we have some students that are not performing at the level that we want to perform, so it's really taking those students as well as maintaining the high," said Schultz. While in Bullitt County, he saw test scores rise.
"Obviously, when I was in Bullitt County we were a lot behind at that point and we made great strides," Schultz said. "We're ahead of the game now, but it goes back to that individual data, how can we make it best it can be for every single child."
Another demand is the growing population of students -- around 300 now -- whose first language is not English.
"We have the newcomer center, so students that are new to the community, maybe even the country, can get right in there and have intense learning experiences and then able to transition into the regular schools," Schultz said. "We are moving maybe to use Rosetta Stone a little bit that we haven't used in the past," he added.
He also wants parents to know they can come to him with concerns.
"I'm approachable, I want the best for your child, I want to make sure that we're doing everything we possibly can that your child is learning," said Schultz.
He is approachable, but reminds parents to take problems to the school, first.
"A lot of times it's frustrating for parents and they want to go straight overtop of the school and go straight to the central office personnel. Most decisions are going to solve at the school based level. Obviously if there's a problem that can't be resolved, we'll work to resolve that," said Schultz.
On a personal level, Schultz says he has two sons, one is a swimmer at U of L, going into his senior year. His other son is a freshman entering Bellarmine. His family has relocated to Oldham County.
"That was part of the deal, they asked me if I'd move, we lived in our last house 19 years. We live in the district, kind of in the Centerfield, and East Oldham Middle and Locust Grove (area). I already told three principals I'll be in your back door all the time, 'cause I'm right there," Schultz laughed.
He and his wife will celebrate their 26th wedding anniversary in September. He adds that both of his parents are still alive, and at 86 years old are enjoying seeing their son all over the media.
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