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New Faces Lead Schools for a Day

posted Feb 16, 2018, 2:01 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 2:03 PM ]
East Elementary Principal props her feet up while Principal for a Day Tracy Bolin gives her a stern scolding (all fun intended).
Schools throughout the county were filled with new faces as community members were able to take the lead to see just what is like to be a school administrator during the 4th Annual Principal for a Day.

Some were able to experience the day from the very start by opening car doors during morning drop-off and welcoming students from the bus lot. Others walked the hallways, experienced grade level meetings, competed with students and the normal principal (whatever a normal principal is nowadays) in jumping rope during physical education, ate lunch with students, read with students, and more.

“The most enlightening moment for me was experiencing the team meeting with the fifth-grade teachers alongside the principal and the curriculum technology coordinator watching them invest time strategizing on how to grow individual students, one by one,” said, Jeremy Fern, the Principal for a Day at Shelby Intermediate and account executive at Seventh Point Marketing.

The late Dr. William Dixon organized the program in 2015 as a way to give community members a first-hand perspective of the decisions and responsibilities principals face daily. Numerous school districts across the nation use the “Principal for a Day” program to build relationships between schools and business/community leaders. The intent of the program is to strengthen schools through long-lasting community-based partnerships.

“The experience was just terrific, said Tracy Bolin, the Principal for a Day at East Elementary and Learning and Development Senior Consultant for Technology Data and Analytics at Wells Fargo. “I didn’t realize the principal worked with so many things throughout the day. Also, it was extremely impactful to see how deeply the staff cares about our children.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to get the community actively engaged in our schools,” said Dr. Brian Hunnell, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “Over the years, many longstanding relationships have developed from this experience creating exceptional opportunities for our students and staff.”