Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Acting Superintendent Marty Pollio announced today that Ballard High School Principal Staci Eddleman has been reassigned to a new position in the district as its director of Title I/II Services. The search begins immediately for a new principal at Ballard.
“During her entire career with JCPS, Dr. Staci Eddleman has been a champion for all students,” Dr. Pollio said. “Staci’s experience in both priority and nonpriority schools gives her a unique perspective, as I’ve challenged her to rethink the way our district allocates funds to support students, teachers and schools.”
Title I funding is provided to school districts by the federal government. The funding must be used to support schools with high numbers and/or high percentages of children from low-income families. The funding helps ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Title II funds are intended to increase the number of high-quality, effective teachers and principals. Funds can be used for a variety of purposes—from recruiting and retaining teachers to reducing class sizes or providing professional development.
“I am emotional about leaving my post at Ballard, but this opportunity is a perfect next step in my career,” Dr. Eddleman said. “The opportunity to impact tens of thousands of students outside the walls of just one school is appealing, and I appreciate the vision of Dr. Pollio as he looks to reimagine the way we support our staff, students and schools across the district.”
The Ballard School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council will immediately begin the process of seeking a replacement for Dr. Eddleman. A new principal is expected to be named before the start of the 2017-18 school year.