Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman named new principals Friday for Paul Laurence Dunbar High and Meadowthorpe Elementary.
Betsy Rains will become the new principal at Dunbar, moving from Tates Creek High, where she has been associate principal for the past five years. Rains replaces Anthony Orr, who is leaving Dunbar to become superintendent of Nelson County Public Schools.
Meanwhile, Joel Katte will become Meadowthorpe's new principal, Silberman said. Katte, who comes to Lexington from Cudahy, Wis., replaces Mike Stacy, who is leaving Meadowthorpe to be the assistant superintendent of Woodford County Public Schools.
Rains, a 21-year veteran in education, joined the Fayette County Public Schools in 1997 as a special education teacher at Tates Creek. She also has taught in Scott and Grant counties and in the Covington Independent Schools.
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Katte has been in education nine years, and before that he played minor league baseball. He has taught at the middle school, high school and college levels, has worked in alternative schools and was an elementary school principal.
Katte and Rains will assume their new posts July 1.