Lisa Skaggs

Lisa Skaggs

Longtime Grayson County High School science teacher Lisa Skaggs was selected Wednesday to be H.W. Wilkey Elementary School's new principal, effective July 1.

A Grayson County native and graduate of GCHS, Skaggs has taught full-time at GCHS for the past 19 years, teaching primarily science, as well as some credit recovery courses. She completed her principal certification classes at Western Kentucky University in May of this year.

Skaggs said it has long been a goal of hers to become a school administrator, but she wanted to wait until her youngest son graduated from high school before pursuing her principal certification so she could fully devote her time to it.

Having already attained her Rank 1, Skaggs completed 27 more hours of education to attain her principal certification.

She wanted to stay in Grayson County to serve as an administrator, and this summer brought about the unique situation in which five administrative positions opened up in the Grayson County school system.

Following an interview process conducted by the Wilkey Elementary School-Based Decision Making Council on Wednesday, Skaggs received a call from Grayson County Schools Superintendent Doug Robinson that night informing her that she had been chosen to be Wilkey's next principal.

"I'm so glad they saw something in me to trust me to lead," Skaggs said, adding that she feels blessed and honored to have the opportunity that has been given to her.

Wilkey Elementary holds a special place in Skaggs' heart, as well, for she attended the school during her fifth and sixth grade years.

Skaggs' first official day as Wilkey Elementary School Principal will be July 1. She is taking the reins of the school from Jonathan Williams, who, after five years in the position, will resign effective June 30 to become principal of Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Skaggs said Williams has been "phenonemal," ensuring that the transition between administrations runs smoothly. She also expressed her appreciation for Robinson, who met with her on his day off and has been willing to help her in any way possible.

"I'm very eager to work with this new faculty and just be a part of their team," Skaggs said.