Four administrative staff changes took place in Carroll County Schools this summer, and top district and school administrators say they are ready to welcome students on the first day of school.

A vacant district administrator position and a vacant elementary principal position were filled by promotions from within the school district, while the vacant primary school principal position was filled by a new hire to the district.

Doug Oak was named assistant superintendent earlier this month after Bill Hogan was selected to serve as the district's superintendent. Hogan, who had served as the district's assistant superintendent, replaced Lisa James after her retirement in June.

Oak most recently served as Cartmell Elementary's principal. He has been an administrator with Carroll County Schools since 2005. He first served as an assistant principal at Carroll County Middle School before taking on the role at Cartmell. 

Prior to working at Carroll County, Oak taught high school social studies for 10 years.

"I've had the opportunity to work at a variety of levels," Oak said in a release. "Being a high school teacher and principal of both a middle school and an elementary school has given me the opportunity to see the educational process from beginning to end."

Cartmell's site-based council selected Jonica Ray to fill the school's top administration role. Ray has served as Cartmell's assistant principal for two years.

Ray has worked at the elementary school for 16 years, as a teacher for 10 years and instructional coach for four years before becoming assistant principal.

"I don't view what I do as a job," Ray said in a release. "Changing the lives of children is my passion."

Donna Monroe is the new principal at Kathryn Winn Primary School. Monroe replaces Gerda Wise who was named the district's new elementary instructional supervisor.

Monroe is a 1997 graduate of the University of Louisville, where she earned a degree in psychology. She earned a master's degree in teaching from U of L in 1998, and she became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2003.

Monroe has 16 years of experience in education, working as an elementary school teacher for eight years, a literacy coach for four years and an instructional coordinator for four years. 

She worked in the Oldham County Schools before joining Carroll County Schools.

"I am honored and excited to be joining the Carroll County school district," Monroe said in a release. "My goals and the district's goals are the same: to prepare all students for college and career readiness."

The district also hired new teachers to fill the vacancies in the four schools. Oak said the district still needs to hire four teachers to fill vacancies before the beginning of the school year.