With Superintendent Tim McGinnis sitting in, the council quickly pegged “solid leadership skills” as their paramount criterion.
The other criteria which followed included: a preferred background in secondary education; being actively involved in co- and extra-curricular activities, as well as community happenings; effective communication skills; must embrace fairness and integrity; believe success is possible for all students and must recognize the importance of the individual, both teachers and students.
Other proposed criteria covered having a vision for continuing to improve test scores and managing the resources of a high school.
Student Danielle Romero was also present at the meeting to help the council draw its list of criteria. A member of the School Climate Committee, Romero had worked previously with SBDM member Matt Boehman as he sought input from students on what kind of principal they’d like to see.
“They were very candid, very honest,” said Boehman of the eight diverse students who offered their opinions. “I was blown away.”
The School Climate Committee suggested that the principal be someone who understands “that we have an identity already,” Boehman said, adding that part of that identity is being a rural, but diverse, community.
The students also requested that the principal be even-handed with discipline, treating students equally.
Boehman was surprised to find that students offered several scenarios that seemed to imply “inconsistencies.”
“They were able to back it up,” Boehman said.
At the meeting, Romero stressed the importance of a principal who is visible in the hallways and outside of the school. They can’t be, as she said, “cooped up in the office.”
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