New District 150 Hires Previous Colleagues of Superintendent

By Gina Ford

July 26, 2010 Updated Jul 26, 2010 at 10:47 PM CDT

District 150 school board members approved several new administrative hires for the district. Of the new additions, four worked with Superintendent Grenita Lathan previously in North Carolina.

Among the new hires Monday night: a new associate superintendent, a new principal for Lincoln Middle School and a new Instructional Improvement Officer- all from the Guilford County School District in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Superintendent Lathan said these people have all worked in a school district that was challenged or had schools undergoing restructuring similar to District 150.

Lathan said the jobs were advertised both internally and externally and she believes the outside additions will be an asset to the district.

"Because they know me, they know what I expect, they know I believe in children first. I don't have time for the adult drama or adult issues, so they have that same value and belief system, that it's all about children," said the superintendent. "It's all about providing resources to the staff members that we work with."

Also during the Monday night board meeting, members discussed a new plan for enforcing a dress code for High School students.

Board members said they are enlisting the help of Carl Cannon and his "Elite" students to serve as positive peer pressure for the other students.

"Putting on a tie is raising the mental mind set. When you put on a tie, it's saying, I'm a little different. We're saying what Hollywood told them- to wear the pants down too low- you're wrong," said youth outreach activist, Carl Cannon.

The superintendent said the dress code will be enforced by each school principal. Since enforcement had been lax in previous years, Dr. Lathan said after the upcoming school year is complete, enforcement will be reviewed to determine if the district must adopt uniforms in the future.

The dress code policy will be on the 150 agenda for a vote August 9th.

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