HORSE CAVE — Matthew Bastin, who was an assistant principal at Warren East High School, has been named as the new principal of Caverna High School. There will be a meet-and-greet at 3 p.m. July 24 in the CHS library.
"Excited to announce that I have been selected to be the new principal at Caverna HS," Bastin said Saturday morning via Twitter, adding that he's looking forward to working with the Caverna school district and "helping our students be successful!"
Bastin told the Glasgow Daily Times over the phone Monday that he’s excited to work with district staff, teachers and parents “to help these kids succeed, for the students to be successful and to help them reach the goals that they’ve set for themselves.”
One of the factors that attracted Bastin to Caverna Independent Schools was Superintendent Cornelius Faulkner, he said.
“Mr. Faulkner, the superintendent, has a great reputation,” Bastin said. “A great desire to lead and for this district to succeed, and I just wanted to be a part of that.”
Bastin said he thinks building strong relationships with students “helps create the buy-in.”
“You want your students to be proud of their school, to be proud of where they’re from,” he said. “And if you help create that and foster that relationship to let them know that they’re loved and wanted, then that will help them be successful.
“They’ll want to try because they know they’re cared about. That’s the critical part to a school, the kids feeling welcome and wanted, and the staff knowing their kids, knowing their ins and outs.”
Bastin said he knew he wanted to become an educator when he was in seventh grade.
“I was part of the speech team and there was a speech camp at (Western Kentucky University), he said. “I came down to WKU and just something during that week clicked with me, and I told myself, ‘I’m going to come to college here and I want to be a teacher.’
“I knew from then on, I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to work with students.”
Bastin said he’s really looking forward to meeting the community.
“I want them to feel welcome to come to our events and if anybody wants to volunteer, there’s always room for people to help,” he said. “I just look forward to meeting everyone and helping this school be as successful as possible.”
Faulkner told the Daily Times over the phone Monday that he’s excited about the experience level Bastin brings to CHS. Faulkner said Bastin’s experience as assistant principal at WEHS “allows him to kind of jump right in and get the ball rolling” since he is familiar with all aspects of a high school.
Bastin already has some ideas of how to keep the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) initiatives going, as well as continuing the school’s industrial maintenance program, Faulkner said.
“He has a good base,” Faulkner said, adding that he’s impressed with Bastin’s leadership ability.
According to Bastin’s biography, which was emailed to the Daily Times, he has been an educator for 16 years — a social studies teacher at Lafayette High School for five years; a teacher at Lighthouse Academy in Warren County for two years; a director of alternative schools for Warren County Schools for four years; and an assistant principal at Warren East High School for five years.
Bastin graduated from Shelby County High School in 1996 and then from WKU in 2000 with a degree in social studies, according to the biography. He also earned a master’s in instructional leadership and Rank 1 from the University of the Cumberlands.
Bastin replaces former CHS Principal Chase Goff, who announced his resignation last month, stating he had accepted a new position with Nelson County Schools.