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Grant County Middle School will have a new leader for the 2009-2010 school year.
Tim Grayson recently was hired to replace Martha Hall as principal at the school.
The 49-year-old Lewis County native has spent the past six years as middle school and assistant high school principal at Dayton Independent Schools in northern Kentucky.
“I heard a lot of great things about Grant County,” Grayson said. “I was fortunate enough to be given this opportunity. Everyone here has been simply phenomenal. I could not ask for a better reception. A real selling point undoubtedly is that I really believe there is a true scenario of where the number one priority is the students.”
Grayson graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 1990 and earned his master’s in 2002 from Morehead State University.
He began his educational career in Lewis County, where he taught at the middle and high schools and coached girls’ varsity basketball.
Grayson also taught eighth grade U.S. history and coached eighth grade girls’ basketball in Mason County before serving one year as principal at Bracken County Middle School.
He said he looks forward to building relationships with the Grant County community and the parents of the students.
Grayson will get his first chance to meet students, parents and faculty and staff during orientation Aug. 2, Aug. 4 and Aug. 6.
“The number one goal will always be dealing with students, not just students as a group, but individually,” Grayson said. “We want to make sure we try to meet the needs of every student. I think we’re large enough to have an unbelievable amount of resources, but at the same time small enough to reach out to each individual student and make a difference.”
Grant County Schools Superintendent Michael Hibbett said he is happy with the new hire.
“I’m very pleased with his enthusiasm,” he said. “It seems like he has that administrative courage to make change and bring stability. I think Mr. Grayson is the type of person who’s going to jump right on board and move the school forward.”
Although he was just recently hired on, Grayson said the school’s support staff have done a good job getting the school ready for its Aug. 13 opening day for students.
“I’m very thrilled to be here,” he said. “I look forward to meeting everyone. We already have a great school and great school system. How can we make it better and how can we meet the needs of the students? That has to be our focus.”