Bush named as finalist for state principal of the year

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced the nine finalists for the 2017-18 Tennessee Principal of the Year award today.

Marshall County High School Principal John Bush is a finalist for the honor, representing the 13 county south central Tennessee region.

The finalists represent each Center of Regional Excellence (CORE) region in the state, with three finalists in each Grand Division (West, Middle and East).

Winners for each Grand Division and the Tennessee Principal of the Year will be selected from this group and announced at a banquet on Oct. 16, during the departmenfs LEAD Conference in Nashville.

“Successful schools begin with great leaders, and these nine finalists represent some of the best in our state,” Commissioner McQueen said. ‘The Principal of the Year finalists have each proven what is possible when school leaders hold students and

educators to high expectations. Through investments and expansions of school leader pipeline programs, we will continue to see excellent school leaders throughout the state.”

The Tennessee Principal of the Year award is given annually to a school leader for outstanding service in education and exceptional leadership that drives overall improvements in his or her school.

To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of three years’ experience as a principal and a minimum of five years’ experience in Tennessee public schools.

In addition, all nominees must have a proven track record of exceptional gains in student learning.

Bush is starting his fifth year as the principal of MCHS.

During his tenure, the school has seen a large increase in the number of Advanced Palcement courses offered, the development of the Renaissance program, and a sharp rise in students ACT scores.