Editorial: New principals face challenges, but deserve everyone’s support

Jun. 23, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

There are few jobs more difficulty or intense than that of school principal. There is enormous pressure to succeed even though the principal never teaches a class. There is input from everyone since they know more about education than the person who holds the title. There is a bureaucracy to the job, because of the paperwork, the faculty evaluations, the appointments and the planning.

Still, the role of principal is a goal for many educators,. Four administrators in the Sevier County system are taking over schools this summer. They face a challenging, demanding and rewarding time in the office. The vacancies were created by the retirement of three administrators, and the transition of one to a new role within the system.

Here are the new campus bosses: David Loy will replace Faye Nelson, who retired from Seymour Middle; Kim Conrad will take the place of Jerry Wear, who retired from Catlettsburg Elementary; Dustin Huffaker will serve as principal at Wearwood Elementary, following the retirement of Bruce Wilson; Wendy Patterson, who served as interim principal the last few months, has been named principal at Pittman Center School, replacing Susan Carr, who now works in the special-education department.

“These are challenging and exciting times to be a school principal. I have confidence that Kim, Wendy, David, and Dustin will work hard to design and implement school programs that meet the needs of the students of Sevier County,” said Assistant Superintendent Debra Cline. “It will be exciting to observe their first year a school principal and encourage parents and community leaders at Catlettsburg, Pittman Center, Seymour Middle and Wearwood to welcome them to their new roles. All four have big shoes to fill with the retirements of Jerry Wear, Faye Nelson, and Bruce Wilson and Susan Carr’s transition to a new role.”

Important jobs in an era when teaching has never been as difficult or as important. Educating our children so they can compete in the world takes a village, to be sure, but it also takes dedicated and hard-working teachers, principals and, yes, parents. Let’s support these new principals and their colleagues as they set about the task of reaching young people.