Principal Brock leaving SHS

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SHS's Charlie Brock, seen here in 2017 as he began his tenure as principal, has left Somerset Independent to take a position with the Berea Independent School District. A new principal is expected to be named and in place by July 1.

Somerset High School's principal, Charlie Brock, has taken a position within the Berea Independent School District, as confirmed by Somerset Independent Superintendent Kyle Lively.

The information comes after an announcement from the Somerset High School Site-Based Decision Making Council will be holding a special-called meeting on Monday, holding an executive session to conduct interviews for the position of principal.

Lively stated that the district hopes to have a permanent principal in place by July 1, rather than place an interim principal.

Lively said Brock will be taking a position as a principal within Berea's district.

Brock became SHS principal in July 2017, being promoted from his previous position as assistant principal after former principal Wes Cornett retired.

Before that, Brock was a math teacher at North Laurel High School for more than eight years, then took an administrative position in a different county. He came to SHS after that position was cut for funding reasons.

Brock spoke highly of SHS and its students during May's graduation ceremony, reminding the 2019 class that they were responsible for earning the highest ACT composite score in the history of the school, and being ranked 15th in the U.S. News & World Report's list of the best high schools in Kentucky in 2018.

"Each class is unique, and you miss each and every one of them," he told the graduating class.

Later, he added, "I really am going to miss you guys. You all are very special to me, and not only have you brought pride to me, but you've brought so much pride to Briar Jumper Nation."