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 Christian County High School principal selected

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (04/04/15) – Chris Bentzel, current principal of Christian County Middle School, has been selected as the principal of Christian County High School. Bentzel has a proven track record in turning around schools, having led both Lacy Elementary and Christian County Middle School to Proficient statuses.

Bentzel brings a unique perspective to the principalship with equal years of service in education and active duty Army. As a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot, Bentzel served 3 overseas tours in Korea, Central America, and during the onset of the war in Iraq. Since leaving active duty service, Bentzel has served as a teacher and principal in the Christian County Public School system.

Bentzel says he is excited for the opportunity to lead Christian County High School and is eager to begin working with the students and staff. He says the progress made at CCMS, where he has worked for the past two years, will only continue, as his staff have the tools and support they need to do the job in the classroom. “I contribute a large part of the success at CCMS to the hardworking teachers and staff and I feel confident that great things will continue to take place in that building.”

Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill said that Bentzel’s high expectations for staff and students, his focus on results and his proven success were the qualities she was seeking in the next principal for Christian County High School. Gemmill developed her search criteria based upon input from the CCHS Student Voice group, the school’s Advisory Council and the school’s staff. In 2010, the Commissioner of Education removed decision-making authority from the school council resulting in the Superintendent having the authority to select the principal.

“I am confident that Mr. Bentzel has the vision and leadership skills to continue the turnaround process at Christian County High School. His focus and relationships with students, staff and the community will synergize the work occurring at CCHS.”

Bentzel is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (Lancaster, PA) where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. He received his Master’s degree in school administration from Murray State University. He has 10 years of experience in education.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News