Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

August 3, 2013

Moore lays out busy list of goals as new Russell Middle principal

RUSSELL — New Russell Middle School principal Shawn Moore told well-wishers Friday he was lucky to start his job at a school that just completed a major renovation.

However, Moore has an extensive list of goals to keep him busy for at least his first year.

They include adding Chinese to the foreign language curriculum, encouraging every student to be involved in extra-curricular activities, promoting student and teacher participation in community service learning projects, adding more after-school enrichment programs, and encouraging more faculty to brush up on their grant-writing skills.

Moore discussed some of his goals shortly before attending a reception Friday at the school.

“The more involved students are, the greater their success in school. That’s why I want each student to be involved in at least one extracurricular activity,” he said.

After-school programs also promote learning in a less-formal atmosphere than the classroom, he said. “Learning doesn’t stop at the bell.” Chinese is the primary language of more people than any other tongue, and is gaining ground as a key language in international commerce, he said.

Service projects are good for the community and good for education, he said. "Whenever students are interacting with people outside the classroom it precipitates learning."

The middle school and the district as a whole are facing other challenges, including sagging enrollment, the likelihood of instituting wireless policies, adjusting to the ACT replacing the current accountability test, and finding replacements for an upcoming wave of veteran educator retirements.

"We need to start preparing now," Moore said.

Hired just this week, Moore fills the vacancy left when Shawn Horne was hired as Russell's superintendent.

“He showed strong leadership presence throughout the interview,” said Joe Aldrich, one of two parent members of the school’s governing council. Moore’s “multiple experiences” were among the factors that led the council to hire him in what Aldrich and others said was “a tough call” among several qualified applicants.

“He was on top of everything —numbers, figures, future plans,” said parent member Gina Abul-Khoudoud.

Moore, only the sixth principal since Russell Middle opened in 1969, is a Russell alumnus who most recently was counselor and academic dean at Russell High School. He also taught social studies and other subjects at the high school for more than a decade.

He has studied in Japan as a Fulbright scholar and in Korea in a cultural exchange program.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or

(606) 326-2652.

Text Only
Local News
  • News in brief, 07/31/14

    About 450 marijuana plants were confiscated during an eradication effort in Lawrence County on Tuesday.

    July 30, 2014

  • 0731facelift1.JPG Painters finishing up work at ACTC

    When Ashland Community and Technical College students return to campus Aug. 18, they will find fresh paint, clean windows and pressure-washed brickwork on the college’s original building on College Drive.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Night Moves on tap for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairview school district being investigated

    State education investigators were scheduled to arrive in the Fairview school district this morning to interview school officials.

    July 30, 2014

  • Advisory committee on landfill to meet

    Members of the county’s new advisory committee regarding Big Run Landfill enforcement are encouraged to attend the group’s first meeting next week.
    Committee facilitator Mike Clevenger of Cannonsburg said the panel will meet the first Monday of each month, starting next week. For now, all meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Boyd County Community Center.

    July 30, 2014

  • Highway dedicated in Morehead man’s name

    During Wednesday morning’s highway dedication ceremony for late airman Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, the man was honored as a Kentucky hero for dedicating his life to the U.S. Air Force until his untimely death last year.

    July 30, 2014

  • Stumbo questions Noah’s Ark incentives, backs off on expanded gambling

    Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of state incentives for a Noah’s Ark tourist attraction in Grant County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Night Moves for First Friday

    A chance to enjoy an evening run through the streets of Ashland will be among the things to do during the First Friday ArtWalk and Downtown Live for August in downtown Ashland from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

    July 30, 2014

  • ‘Arts in the Vines’ will be in conjunction with U.S. 60 Yard Sale

    Offering a different taste of life in Carter County, the owners of RockSprings Winery are inviting locals and visitors to the U.S. 60 Yard Sale to spend some time in their vineyards during the first “Arts in the Vines” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

    July 30, 2014

  • Grimes zeroes in on women’s issues with latest ad

    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is out with a third television ad posing questions from Grimes’ supporters to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

    July 30, 2014