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MOUNT WASHINGTON — Before the first marker board has been hung, Kim Sego is already making big plans for when Crossroads Elementary opens its doors next school year.
Sego was recently named principal of the county’s newest school. She has served as Pleasant Grove Elementary’s Assistant Principal for five years and has worked at the school since it opened in 1997.
Crossroads Elementary is located behind Mount Washington Elementary School in the heart of the city.
Sego is a Bullitt County native and comes from a line of educational expertise that has helped pave the way for her career.
Sego’s mother, Dolores Valentine, taught at Roby and Brooks Elementary schools and her father, George Valentine, was Bullitt Central High’s principal for several years and led the district as superintendent.
Before pursuing an administration position Sego worked as a media specialist in various schools throughout the county and with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative as an educational consultant.
She enjoys working with children one-on-one but liked the overall impact she could make in administration, so she earned her education specialist degree in administration from Spalding University after receiving some encouragement from her father.
“My father always told me to keep my options open. I think I just wanted to be part of helping things change,” Sego said of pursuing administration.
Crossroads Elementary will be Sego’s first job as a principal. She feels confident that she has the experience needed to lead the school in a positive direction.
“It is a true opportunity to have a community school,” Sego said. “I would love to see Crossroads become that.”
Bullitt County’s Director of Elementary Schools Terry Price said in the several times he observed Price at work, she portrayed all the right characteristics to lead a new school.
“I think first and foremost, obviously her strength is going to be as an instructional leader in that building. That’s been observed the entire time that we’ve interviewed her. She can make some very, very sound instructional decisions,” Price said.
Being a part of Pleasant Grove’s opening gave Sego some of the experience needed to deal with the unique challenges associated with opening brand-new educational facility. From staffing and parent involvement to traffic flow issues, Sego said she is mentally preparing herself for what lies ahead.
“I laid awake the other night thinking about where the car riders were going to go and I realized I don’t even know where the front of the building is,” Sego joked.
Sego said some of her primary goals for Crossroads include creating a community atmosphere where the students, faculty, staff, parents and community members are all involved with the educational process and the school’s achievements. She plans to get the school’s Web site up and running as soon as possible so parents and students can keep up with construction updates, view photos of teachers as they are named and receive e-mail newsletters.
She also is planning a spring meet-and-greet so students and parents can meet their teachers at a central location that has yet to be determined. She said she wanted students to be comfortable with the faculty even if they are coming to a brand-new building next year.
“I want parents to be a part of putting the building together,” she said.
Price said that Sego has the skills to meet the needs of a varied student population.
“I know that she’s going to look for characteristics of individuals that are going to be able to meet the needs of a diverse group of kids,” Price said of Sego’s ability to select faculty.
Sego is excited about her latest career move but is still focused on Pleasant Grove Elementary until June, which is when she officially takes on her role as Crossroads principal. She said leaving Pleasant Grove is a bittersweet move for her, but she will take what she has learned there and apply it at the new school.
“For me, this is the cherry on the top. I’m excited about it. I can’t imagine doing anything else right now,” she said.
Sego is married to her husband, Kip, and together the couple have three children: Dillon, 14, Christa, 12 and Lily, 2.