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Better East Texas: The role of HS Principals

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By Pat Stacey

How long is long enough in a job to establish a positive culture? It may be a question you have never really thought about. But if you think back to your high school years, perhaps you can remember the culture of the school. It is set by the principal and lived out through the faculty and staff. I remember my high school years and I remember that I had only 1 principal who got to know the students because he was there for many years before moving on. He set the culture and he molded the students as well as the teachers. Recently Principal Shon Joseph announced he was leaving John Tyler High School after only two years. His impact seemed to be very positive in such a short period of time. But the problem is not necessarily with Mr. Joseph, he certainly has the right to change jobs, but the problem is what impact his job change has on the culture of the school. This is the third principal change in just a few years on a campus that has had more than its share of challenges. But in the end, T-I-S-D must find a new principal. And not only should they find the most qualified person to take the reins, an additional needed criteria is that they will be inspired to stay longer. The rich tradition of John Tyler high deserves it, the teachers and staff deserve it, and the students deserve it. School principals play a unique and vital role in our children's development and being there for the kids over time will help every student and make for a better East Texas.

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