Though she has been serving since Oct. 1, it was officially announced last week by the Kentucky Office of Career and Technical Education that Nikki Jones is the new principal of the Harrison County Area Technical System.
She replaces Diana Gordon who went on to be administrative leader of the Madison Area Technical System in Richmond.
Accepting the principal’s position at Harrison ACT has left an open position for an agriculture teacher at Harrison County High School. According to HCHS Principal Amy Coleman, she is in the process of interviewing candidates to fill Jones’ vacated position for the remainder of the school year.
Jones said she appreciates the responsibility that comes with being the administrator for one of the larger schools in the system. Harrison ATC has a population of over 900 with students from Harrison, Nicholas and Bourbon counties and Paris Independent Schools. There are also students from other counties who attend classes at Harrison as well.
Her biggest responsibility, Jones said, is to continue in the effort to get their students college or career-ready.
School enrollment is solid, but Jones said she would like to be able to expand curriculum to serve more students.
With additional growth, there will always be a challenge to get students prepared to score well on the Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment (KOSSA) and meet or exceed academic benchmarks with scores on the ACT or Compass Placement Tests.
As an administrator, she said that she will benefit from having a “phenomenal faculty and staff” to provide her support in achieving Harrison Area Tech’s goals.
“Harrison Area Tech is moving forward with a number of expansion projects. Whenever the Welding Academy gets off the backburner, we look forward to adding that as an improvement to our curriculum,” she said.