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What makes a good school principal?Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at 10:29 PM
Education has always been dear to my heart. While our student was in school, we stayed away publicly discussing these things, but now that we have no "chicks in the nest" it might be appropriate to open the discussion.
Does Bedford County have basic requirements for being a school principal? If so, what are they or where can we go to get the requirements?
I presume the person needs to be a certified teacher but do they need to have a masters degree, a special degree in administration, or ......?
Once they become a principal, how much oversight or professional guidance is provided, or are they just turned loose to sink or swim?
Is there a trial period like teachers have to achieve tenure or are they in from the start?
Are principals still part of the teacher's union or are they now "management"?
I learned a long time ago that just being a good cook does not always make a restaurant manager. A good salesman does not mean that you can manage other sales people. Therefore a good teacher, does not mean you can manage other teachers.
I was on a selection committee some years ago for our local Elementary School. We were given backgrounds on the candidates and were able to interview them with a few questions each, but the real qualifications were left up to the Board of Education, I guess.
Is that who qualifies them or does the State?
I would prefer not to open this up to personal evaluations of our current administrators. I would just like to know how they are qualified, what preparation they have for their new position, how are they managed and by whom? I would presume the Superintendent, but is that accurate?
After we discuss the basics, maybe we can move on to what makes a good one stand out from the rest? There are a number of possibilities, but I would be interested in hearing opinions.
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