HORSE CAVE — Caverna Independent Schools hosted a meet-and-greet for Matthew Bastin, the new principal of Caverna High School, on Tuesday at CHS.
While introducing Bastin to members of the community, CIS Superintendent Cornelius Faulkner said he is very excited about Bastin's new and fresh ideas, and the experience level he brings to the high school.
Bastin took the podium and addressed those in attendance.
“I want to thank you all as a community for coming out to show your support for this school,” he said. “We’re excited about the things that are going on here at Caverna.”
Bastin said CHS has a great staff, and he is thrilled “to work with these great teachers who love these kids.”
“The staff here at Caverna has put together some very innovative things and are willing to do and try new things to help our students,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to working with the staff here.
“This school system has a great community, and it has a lot of great community partners that I am excited to be a part of.”
Bastin said the Caverna school district is almost 70 years old, and that it has a “rich and awesome” history of being very innovative and progressive.
He said the goal of the high school is to prepare students for the challenges of today’s world, so that when they walk out the door, “they’re ready for whatever ambition they want to seek, whatever their goal is — whether that be career, whether that be college — that’s our goal as a staff.”
“We want to encourage them,” Bastin said. “We want to help them overcome any obstacles that they may have in their way — to obtain that diploma and to be successful not only career-wise, but also life-wise, and that’s our plan here at Caverna High School.
“We will work together as a community to make Caverna even better.”
CIS Assistant Superintendent Amanda Abell told the Glasgow Daily Times that she has been very impressed with how Bastin has already started building relationships with staff and district personnel in the short amount of time he’s been at Caverna.
“He’s reaching out to students and parents,” Abell said. “I think that’s what Caverna needs.
“We need administrators who can build relationships with students and the community.”
Bastin replaces former CHS Principal Chase Goff, who announced his resignation last month, stating he had accepted a new position with Nelson County Schools.
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.