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MOUNT WASHINGTON - Just looking at the construction equipment, porta-potties and unsodded ground surrounding the recently constructed Crossroads Elementary, the average passerby may wonder if the school will be ready in time for the first day of school.
However, principal Kim Sego said the school is nearly complete with only a few minor details left to attend to before the new school year begins next week.
As a matter of fact, the project manager told Sego everything was right on schedule.
“We will be ready for the first day of school,” she said.
As construction workers have been putting the finishing touches on the brand new facility, Sego and the rest of the Crossroads staff have been busy making sure everything’s in place for the roughly 450 students who will be attending the school.
Sego has been involved in the construction process almost right out of the gate, working with architects and designers, selecting color schemes, furniture and other details, making sure the facility provides the right environment for her students.
“It’s bright. It’s inviting. It’s just awesome. An awesome building,” she said. “It is incredibly beautiful.”
Crossroads will not only begin the school year with a brand new facility, but a brand new staff as well.
Since Sego was selected as principal late last year, she’s hired every one of the school’s 42 certified and classified staffers, which include 29 teachers, all of whom were selected from within the Bullitt County Public School system.
That’s because teachers already working in the district had first dibs on positions.
Nearly 60 BCPS educators applied for the position, and according to Sego, it was no easy task turning half of them away.
“Throughout the interview process I realized the amount of fantastic teachers there are in the system,” she said. “It‘s been a tough job.”
Sego said the Crossroad’s staff was well seasoned with a wealth of teaching experience, bringing an average of five to ten years experience to their new positions.
“We have a wide range of experience and knowledge in our staff,” Sego said. “It’s not just experience they’re bringing to the table. They’re excited to be a part of Crossroads and that’s going to benefit the students most.”
Throughout the interview process Sego’s primary focus was making sure those she hired were excited about the opportunity to work at the new school, sharing her vision of making Crossroads a community school.
“When I say community, I mean all of us working throughout the day to make a difference in our kids lives,” Sego explained.
In her vision of a community school, Sego hopes Crossroads will be an inviting place, both during school and after, where students, parents, staff and the rest of the community feel welcome to participate in school activities or just visit.
Sego said the staff she chose shared her vision, already illustrating their commitment, calling parents, visiting families and making efforts to meet their students.
“I have been so impressed with the staff,” Sego said. “I’m not going to take credit in choosing them, they came to this school excited about making it the best it could be.”
Sego said her greatest hope was that Crossroads be a place where kids walked in with excitement everyday.
With the help of Crossroads students, the school has adopted its’ school colors and its’ mascot.
Through a public online survey and other forms of student, parent, and community participation, red-orange, gold and black were chosen for the school colors, while the trailblazer beat out the cheetah to become mascot.
For those who don’t know, Sego explained that the school’s Trailblazer mascot was a horse, blazing a trail, galloping into the future.
While Sego has been making final arrangements for the opening of the new school, she has been working out of Pleasant Grove Elementary.
She admitted that the transition had made it difficult for parents to get in touch with her and staff members.
“I’m sure it’s not been easy,” Sego said.
Sego has been working out of Pleasant Grove, where she will stay until she’s told she can set up shop in Crossroads.
Sego brings an array of educational experience with her to her new post, working in the Bullitt County Public Schools system since 1988.
Before being selected as Crossroad’s principal in December, she worked for five years as Pleasant Grove’s assistant principal after joining PGES as a media specialist when the school opened 13 years ago.
Prior to that she had been at Nichols Elementary and she had served as an educational consultant for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative, traveling 13 school districts in the region, working with classroom teachers.
Now Sego is looking forward to standing at the helm of Crossroads.
“To lead a staff to make a difference in kids lives - That’s what my real role is,” she said. “I can’t wait. It’s going to be a blast!”
To give Crossroads parents and students the opportunity to see the new building and get acquainted with Sego and the rest of the staff there will be a picnic on Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Mount Washington Middle School Gymnasium.
There will be sign ups for parent organizations and volunteer opportunities, staff will be on hand to answer any questions and parents will have the chance to get their students bus schedules and meet bus drivers.
Valu Market will be on hand serving food and students will receive a special surprise courtesy of American Family Orthodontics.