Administrators on Dist. 150 Changes

By Anna Yee

March 30, 2011 Updated Mar 30, 2011 at 6:18 PM CDT

Change isn't always easy, but for 17 District 150 school administrators, it's something they're going to have to make look easy, come fall.

District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan says the changes are only to advance-- not penalize-- the principals and their schools.

"None of the changes were to punish anyone," said Dr. Lathan. "These were not reassignments as far as in reference to job performance or lack there of."

Upcoming Peoria High School Principal Brett Elliot understand that.

"Change doesn't have to be negative," said Brett Elliot, current Richwoods High School assistant principal. "You know, just your perspective. This is a golden opportunity."

...An opportunity to continue keeping the peace, especially after Woodruff High School students moved in last year, causing tension and multiple arrests-- a challenge, but not impossible.

"He (Elliot) understands what leadership is, how important it is to build relationships with kids, family and the community," said Randy Simmons, current Peoria Central High School principal. "I think Brett's going to be an outstanding administrator at Peoria High School."

And Simmon's sidekick-- assistant principal Cindy Clark-- says she's ready to take on her new role as Principal of Richwoods High School.

"It's going to be the difference between being number 1 and number 2 in the building-- being the coach and the assistant coach," said Cindy Clark, presently the Peoria High School assistant principal. "I've done both, and I've been very happy with both, but now I'm going to be the 'head coach' and work with a new team."

But it's bittersweet for another colleague...

"That becomes the bitter part of it-- is to say goodbye to all those families and those children," said Kevin Curtain, principal of Garfield Primary School. "The sweet part is the opportunity to go to Irving, which I know is just an awesome school, and so I look forward to the opportunity to develop new relationships."

As Garfield Primary and other schools close their doors for good this fall, many others will be welcoming in a new academic year, with a new arrangement for success.

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