Max Pope, principal at Woodlawn Elementary School, was named 2004 Principal of the Year by the Kentucky School Counselor Association at its spring conference recently at the Marriott in Lexington.
"We are very pleased to see Mr. Pope named by Kentucky's school counselors, and we invite the community to join in congratulating him, his staff and the council at Woodlawn Elementary for their roles in support of counseling services," said Boyle County school Superintendent Pam Rogers.
"I can't think of an award more meaningful for me than this one, because the Kentucky School Counselor Association members are proactive rather than reactive in education, the stance we take at Woodlawn Elementary," said Pope.
Pope was nominated by Woodlawn counselors Carolyn Robinette and Jeanne Switzer.
In the nomination, Robinette said, "The reason Woodlawn Elementary with 610 students has two counselors is due mostly to the hard work and perseverance of Max Pope. Instead of hiring someone to help deal with problems in the school, he chose to advocate the hiring of a counselor to help prevent problems. He has always been supportive of counseling programs and makes every effort to avoid giving non-counseling jobs to the counselors. He recognizes the benefits of elementary counselors and sees that they work directly with the students."