LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jeffersontown High School principal Marty Pollio has been named the new leader at Doss High School by Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens.
Pollio, who has been the principal at Jeffersontown High since 2007, told WDRB News Wednesday he was ready for a new challenge.
"This has been one of the toughest decisions in my professional career to leave such a wonderful school," Pollio said. "The past eight years have been great and I'll do all that I can to help with the transition so that Jeffersontown High School will continue to thrive."
However, Pollio said the work at Doss will "begin immediatey."
"I believe with my experience and leadership abilities, I will be able to help move Doss High School forward and I am excited about this opportunity," he said.
Hargens said Pollio was selected for his ability to build strong professional learning communities among teachers that have resulted in increases in student achievement and performance.
“I am pleased that Dr. Pollio has accepted this assignment," Hargens said. "I am confident that he will help the faculty and students at Doss reach their full potential.”
The Jeffersontown High principal job will be posted immediately, district officials said.
Doss was identified as a persistently low-achieving school by the Kentucky Department of Education in 2010 and has been the focus of restructuring efforts by JCPS officials.
He replaces Ken Moeller, who left Doss after a state leadership assessment determined he did not have the capacity to continue the school's turnaround efforts. Moeller has since been named the principal at the Phoenix School of Discovery, a specialty school for students who choose to opt out of a regular school setting.
According to most recent accountability results, Doss jumped from the 8th percentile in the state in 2013 to the 25th percentile in 2014.
However, test scores at Doss remain well below the state average -- 38 percent of students scored proficient on the history exam, 29 percent scored proficient on English exam, 27 percent were proficient on the math exam and only 13 percent were proficient on the science exam.
Pollio was previously an assistant principal and athletics director at Waggener High School.
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