New principal named at Danville High School

July 16, 2004

Joseph O. Payne, a veteran educator with 16 years of experience, has been named principal of Danville High School.

Payne served as principal of Washington County High School for four years and during the past year served as founding principal of a new middle school there. He previously served as principal of McCreary County High School and also was principal of a high school in Ohio.

A selection committee composed of Danville High School parents and teachers chose Payne on the basis of his proven ability to provide instructional leadership, build strong teacher morale and improve student test scores.

The Danville High School Site-Based Decision Making Council will host a reception for Payne 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the DHS lobby. The public is invited.


Payne has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school and university levels. He holds two master's degrees and has taken coursework toward a doctorate.

According to Payne, his educational career has been defined by a daily focus on student success. His stated specialization is in transformation and continuous improvement.

"Students and all children are the most precious people in the world," Payne says, "and teachers are the most noble people."

Under Payne's leadership, Washington County High School improved its scores on CATS testing. The school achieved a reduction in novice scores, an improvement in attendance and a reduction in the drop-out rate.

Payne and his wife, Bonnie, have one son and one grandchild. He has family roots in Casey and Adair counties in Central Kentucky.

The members of principal selection committee for Danville High School were John Buchanan, Mariam Kubale, Amy Tracy and Vaughn Little (teachers) and Arnetta Myers, Anne Kerbaugh and Patsi Trollinger (parents).

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