After graduating its 20th class, Buckner Alternative High School has named a new principal.
Beth Metzger Carter ’94 has been announced as the third principal in the school’s history. Carter is a 19-year veteran of BAHS, serving as assistant principal since 2004 and a teacher for eight years before that. She is committed to the BAHS philosophy of “no excuses, find a way.” BAHS strives to be a positive school community, even when adversity brings a student to the school.
Buckner Alternative provides a variety of programs for middle and high school students, serving an average of 90 to 125 students every day, including full- and part-time students. A student-focused philosophy based on relationships and mutual respect has resulted in more than 400 graduates in 18 years.
BAHS is essentially several schools within a school, including the original intensive program, open to middle and high school students who are more likely to experience success in an alternative school setting. This program specializes in meeting individual student needs through both regular and special programming in multi-age, self-contained classrooms with low student-teacher ratios.
Also at BAHS is a credit recovery program, offering online courses for students behind in credit hours and at a high risk of dropping out. All three high schools offer similar programs sharing the identical software; however, some students feel more comfortable working away from their home schools. Students have the opportunity to work at an accelerated pace on their schedule to earn a diploma.
BAHS is home to the Oldham County Alternative to Suspension program, created to help recover the attendance lost to suspension and combat the issues that arise when suspended students are left at home unsupervised. OCATS is available to all middle and high school administrators as an alternative to suspension, having the student out of school, but supervised by certified staff. Academics, attendance, and transportation are all services offered as part of OCATS.
The school also works closely with any student with drug- or alcohol-related issues. The Renaissance program has multiple facets which allow for full-time placement at BAHS and ensure a formal assessment by a mental health professional, implementation of any recommended therapy, and ongoing monitoring and follow-up. Students are assigned to Renaissance following consultation with their home school, mental health provider, juvenile court, and central office.
As the school celebrates its 20th anniversary this August, Superintendent Will Wells cited Carter’s commitment to increasing college and career readiness as well as post-secondary success for BAHS students.
And, he said he knows Carter will also work to empower staff to develop their leadership and instructional skills. She knows that—as with our students—staff must be given the opportunity to take the necessary risks to learn and grow.
“There is no one better suited than Beth for this position,” Wells said. "She is an educator and advocate for all those who walk through those purple doors.”
Carter earned her master’s degree in teacher leadership at Spalding University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.
Carter fills the vacancy created by Jonathan Wosoba’s move to the Director of Student Services position at the district level. Wosoba and Carter assume their new positions July 1.