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Downtown Covington School Gets New Principal

John G. Carlisle School in Covington has a new principal.

Covington Independent Public Schools announced on Wednesday that longtime teacher Tara Bell will assume the top role at the downtown school. The past academic year saw Glenn O. Swing Elementary's principal Scott Alter and assistant principal Sherry Linberg serve as co-principals, while also remaining at Glenn O.

Bell moved to Kentucky from Tennessee sixteen years ago and has spent her entire educational career at Covington Schools where se has been a teacher and an instructional coach.

“My desire has always been to see the students of Covington reach their full potential and achieve their dreams,’’ Bell said in a statement. “I believe that all students can learn at high levels and that all students deserve to attend high performing schools. Several years ago my passion and love for teaching and the students of Covington led me to seek a degree in administration and move to Covington to help serve the community. ‘’

The site-based decision-making council selected Bell earlier in May.

“I am excited to be the new principal of John G. Carlisle because I believe the faculty and staff share the same passion to serve the students and families of Covington,’’ Bell said. “I am excited to embark on the journey they have already started to serve their community and create a school that meets the needs of all students emotionally and academically.’’

“She will provide strong instructional leadership and will build rapport with teachers, students and families,’’ said Superintendent Alvin Garrison. Bell has taught at Glenn O. Swing for thirteen years.

She begins her new assignment on July 1.   

Bell said she wants want students to be excited about coming to school each day because they feel loved, challenged, and supported. It is her desire to develop a sense of pride in the community about John G. Carlisle and its commitment to meeting all the needs of children, she said. 

Bell wants to stay the course that John G. has started with Professional Learning Communities and the instructional focus that is valued by staff, she said.

“It is my plan to continue to develop this culture and climate of collaboration among faculty and staff so that students can learn at high levels,’’ Bell said. “It will be my goal as a part of the John G. Carlisle team to help the school become a Distinguished and High Performing school where teachers, students, and staff believe they can reach their wildest dreams."

-Staff report

Photo: Tara Bell (provided)