Westport Middle principal Staci Eddleman tapped to be next principal at Ballard High

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ballard High School will be getting a new principal, as Staci Eddleman is moving to an administrative position with Jefferson County Public Schools.

The announcement that Eddleman will become the director of Title I/Title II services for the district was made Friday by acting JCPS Superintendent Marty Pollio.

“During her entire career with JCPS, Dr. Eddleman has been a champion for all students,” Pollio said in a statement. “Staci’s experience in both priority and nonpriority schools gives her a unique perspective, as I’ve challenged her to rethink the way our district allocates funds to support students, teachers and schools.”

Title I funding is provided to school districts by the federal government. The funding must be used to support schools with high numbers and/or high percentages of children from low-income families. The funding helps ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

“I am emotional about leaving my post at Ballard, but this opportunity is a perfect next step in my career,” Eddleman said in a statement on Friday. “The opportunity to impact tens of thousands of students outside the walls of just one school is appealing, and I appreciate the vision of Dr. Pollio as he looks to reimagine the way we support our staff, students and schools across the district.”

The move is among three that Pollio has announced in his first week as acting superintendent.

On Thursday, Pollio named Tim Hagan the acting principal of Norton Elementary and earlier Friday, he named Carmen Coleman the district's acting chief academic officer.

Eddleman was named the principal at Ballard in February 2015. Prior to that, she was principal of Westport Middle School from 2010-2015, and an assistant principal at Ballard for nine years. She was also a principal intern at Atherton High School during the 2006-07 year.

During her time at Westport, Eddleman helped start the school's popular Montessori magnet program, which began in 2010 with 50 students in one sixth grade class after the school board voted to designate Westport as the district's only middle school with such a program. The move was in response to the district's popular Montessori programs at Coleridge Taylor and Kennedy elementary schools.

Eddleman was only the fourth principal in Ballard's history. The school opened in 1968; Patrick Crawford, Sandy Allen and Jim Jury are the three others who have served as principal.

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