EDMONTON, Ky. (May 11, 2022) – Metcalfe County Schools is proud to announce that School Resource Officer Michael Taylor has been named a finalist for the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) 2022 Fred Award.
The Fred Award is inspired by Fred Shea, the postman who became the subject of Mark Sanborn’s national bestseller, The Fred Factor. The award recognizes non-administrative staff statewide whose daily efforts are deemed extraordinary and integral to a positive learning atmosphere in their school communities.
On Thursday, May 5, MCES students surprised Ofc. Taylor by announcing he was one of three finalists for the award. They cheered and held-up personalized signs thanking him for his dedication and service to each and every student of Metcalfe County Elementary School.
Ofc. Taylor told the crowd, “Three years ago, I didn’t know where I would go when I retired from the Edmonton Police Department, but God had a plan. All of these little faces out here mean a lot to me. We are one big family, and I love all of you as if you were my own. I will do my absolute best every day to make sure Metcalfe County Elementary School is a safe place to learn and grow.”
Maddie Froehlich, a 4th-grade student, told Ofc. Taylor, “Congratulations on being our wonderful officer. Thank you for protecting us. You are so nice to everyone. We love you. Thank you for your hard work.”
Superintendent Josh Hurt said, “Officer Michael Taylor is an outstanding SRO, but an even better human being. The way he helps students and families exceeds expectations. He truly has a heart for students and our community.”
The winner will be announced at KASA’s annual Leadership Institute in Louisville in July. All three finalists will receive a commemorative award and a monetary gift.