JCPS names acting principal for Jeffersontown High School
Matt Anderson takes over immediately, after an incident at the school that led to a police officer tasing a student.
JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown High School has a new acting principal.
Matt Anderson takes over day-to-day operations, after being introduced to the staff on Tuesday. He is expected to stay in the job until the School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council names a permanent principal in early 2018.
Former Jeffersontown High School principal Matt Kingsley asked for a "voluntary demotion" on November 7, after an incident at the school that led to a police officer tasing a student.
Jeffersontown High School has been in the midst of a controversy since Nov. 1, when a school resource officer tried to break up the fight but ended up being attacked, according to police and school officials. Video of the confrontation went viral.
Acting superintendent Marty Pollio called for two separate reviews of the events surrounding the scuffle. He said the first review would focus on JCPS personnel and whether the incident, "could have been prevented or handled differently." The second review will focus on the safety and climate of the school.
In a statement released by JCPS, Anderson said, "It is my responsibility to create a safe and relevant learning environment for all of our students and staff. This begins with establishing a positive climate and culture where all students and teachers feel valued and supported."
Anderson takes the job at the school, after serving as the Jefferson County Public Schools' director of Student Relations. He was also an assistant principal at Moore Traditional High School and a teacher and goal clarity coach at Waggener High School.
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