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June 16, 2014

Rogers set to take over for Presley as Science Hill principal

Somerset —

Principal Rita Presley has peen a part of Science Hill students’ lives for nearly 30 years. 
She’s watched thousands of students learn and grow — both mentally and physically — as they’ve made their way through the K-8 independent school.
Presley said the best part of her years at Science Hill has been “getting involved with the families and getting to know them.
“It’s really a privilege to have someone let you help educate their children,” Presley added. “That’s a big responsibility when you think about it.”
Now, she’s taking a step back and is retiring from her position as principal at SHS. 
“I’ve heard a lot of people say you just know when it’s time to retire,” said Presley. “I just knew.”
Presley finished her last year as Science Hill principal — finishing a seven-year stint in the position — in May. Presley, who began her career with Science Hill as a 4th-grade teacher in 1986, has served with the school as a Title I coordinator, an athletic director, and a transportation director.
“I’ve maintained an office in many places in this building,” said Presley, with a laugh.
Presley’s impact on Science Hill’s students is obvious. On Friday, May 30, the school’s more than 500 students took to the hallway for a quick “flash mob” for their beloved principal. 
Although she knows she’ll miss the school immensely, she knows she’s leaving it in good hands. 
“It’s a good thing,” said Presley, about the school’s newest principal. “I think she brings a lot of good to the district.”
Waiting in the wings is Jackie Rogers, a Science Hill native herself. 
“I’ve been a Yellow Jacket for a long time,” said Rogers, referencing the school’s mascot.
Rogers, who was named the school’s newest principal last month, attended Science Hill School. She’s bringing with her a 14-year span as an English teacher and a 14-year stint as a curriculum specialist for Pulaski County Schools. Rogers worked as a literacy consultant for the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort before she felt the call to come home. 

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