Emma B. Ward Elementary selects new principal

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By The Staff

Anderson County resident Bobby Murphy, a science teacher at DuPont Manual High School in Jefferson County, has been selected as the new Emma B. Ward Elementary principal, according to a district news release.
The Emma B. Ward site-based decision making council made a final decision Dec. 13, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said in an e-mail, and sent a waiver to the Kentucky Department of Education in order to select their applicant three days early to ensure an easy transition for students, parents and staff.
Mitchell said Murphy will be transitioning into his new role by attending evening events this week at Ward and begin officially as principal after the Christmas break.  
Murphy is a resident of Anderson County, and is currently teaching science at DuPont Manual High School in Jefferson County.  
He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s of science with a minor in chemistry. Murphy attended Jackson County High School where he was named valedictorian and was a governor’s scholar.  
His undergraduate work in education administration brought him to Anderson County schools as an intern in the summer of 2013, Mitchell said in her release.  
“His goal is to lead Emma B. Ward Elementary to proficiency and to ensure students are provided with a high quality education,” Mitchell wrote. “He is excited to be a part of Anderson County Schools learning community working with great students, talented staff and supportive parents and community members. We are confident that Mr. Murphy’s focus on excellence will lead Emma B. Ward to continued success.”