My principal is retiring :-(

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Registered: 08-26-2000
My principal is retiring :-(
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Mon, 10-02-2006 - 11:54pm

She saved it for last on our agenda for today's faculty meeting - I guess that is what she meant by "miscellaneous". How many of you get typed agendas for a faculty meeting?

Anyways, last year was pretty rough - she started the year out in tears, and ended it pretty much the same way. We got a bunch of kids from the academically unacceptable school down the road, but no resources to go along with them. All of that stayed at their unacceptable school. Time after time, she seems to have drawn the short straw with the supe and the powers that be in the central office.

She mentioned in passing that our test scores went down last year, but not nearly as much as she had thought they would with what we were dealt. She gave credit to the hardworking professionals in the classroom.

Many of us had a feeling that this was coming; she finishes her 3rd year of DROP in December, but we had hoped she would finish the year. She said she had thought about finishing the year, but she is "burnt" (less than 9 weeks in). More tears and emotion.

So I'm bummed. After seeing what many of you to through with the administration, I know we've been blessed the past few years. I remember the faculty meetings of past principals that never said anything more than "stand at your door when classes are changing". I remember hoping that my boo-boo wouldn't become the next big "Thou shalt not...". But I also know that I don't want anybody holding me back when it's my turn to go (in another 10 years).

She seemed to think that she'd have some input about her successor. Our current AP doesn't want the job. Hopefully she'll leave us with someone decent.

Mixed feelings, I guess.

Karen

 


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Tue, 10-03-2006 - 3:54pm

That's too bad. I don't think I've ever had a principal that I've liked. Most of them have treated the teachers like students. I did have a really good asst supt that I liked. She was tough but very supportive.

I hope you get someone else you like as well. I currently have an interim principal and this is his 3rd year as an interim. Apparently the board and parents are looking for someone who walks on water and he's certainly not it!

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Wed, 10-04-2006 - 9:50am

Since I've worked with a lot more horrible principals than great ones, I would have been relieved that one was leaving. However, the bad ones have

Sherry

 

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Wed, 10-04-2006 - 4:57pm

Yep, I think that is pretty much it. I've worked under 7 different principals. Three have been worth the money that they were paid. The other 4....that's a different story. One of those in the 2nd group went on to become superintendent of his district. Don't ask me why. He was a useless principal. Others have been nice enough people, but just ineffective as middle school principals.

This one has actually made me enjoy working at my current school. You know what she expects, and if you manage to handle that, then you're in good shape. If you have the occassional mess up - and it does happen - she'll call you on it, but it has always been my experience that is was done professionally.

There is no amount of money that you could pay me that would be worth it to put up with what they deal with on a daily basis.

I had thought that since our curriculum coordinator is leaving in December, as well, that she might finish out the year. But, it was not to be.

Karen

 


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