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Posted on March 13, 2015 2:16 am
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uPaVuT
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My school has a new principal; she is only new to the building, not to the position of being an administrator. We also have a brand new vice-principal who has never been in an administrative role. Our principal is never at the school. She is constantly at meetings at the school board office, visiting other schools in the county, or at trainings. In addition, this principal is never at any of the after school events: dances, sporting events, plays, or curricular events. The teachers at the school are having a hard time with this because we are used to a very involved, visible administrator that only left because she was promoted to a Director position. Is it because we are used to an administrator that was always doing things above and beyond or should our current principal be more involved and visible in our school?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 13, 2015 10:53 am

ezeDeZ
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Principals are very busy during the day, attending meetings and what not. However, our principal makes an effort to be present at all after school events. This shows teamwork and support for what our school is doing. I don't think you are wrong in thinking your principal should be more involved. Could the football team succeed without the quarterback?
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adenar
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I agree, being the principal is a big responsibility and they should be obligated to go to most school events.
  Posted on: October 4, 2015 10:53 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 14, 2015 2:01 am

uLubet
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The principal is an overseer. The principal keeps watch over and directs work of others. I have been fortunate enough to experience that type of principal. The answer to your questions is YES. The principal should be involved and visible in the school. The principal should be present to make sure everyone in the school is secure by walking the premises and being seen by others.
The principal is not suppose to do your job for you but he/she expects you to do your job. The meetings at the school and training is scheduled. Spending time at the school should be scheduled as well.
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uXyRyd
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Comparing one to another can sometimes set you up for failure. It is important to allow the current principal to be the best/ worst principal he/she knows how to on her own. Change is sometimes uncomfortable and takes time getting use to. I would suggest to be more understanding and patient with the new principal as her role is stressful enough on top of leading a new staff. As much as we want support and understanding from the administrator, I am sure they would like the same.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 3:31 am

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Solution 3
Posted October 16, 2015 8:35 pm

aTytyP
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I think this is an in between answer. You probably shouldn't expect the above and beyond, but they should be visible regularly more than not so. The whole point in having one is so that you have someone you can rely on to reach out to when you need guidance, and that should be available at least a couple full days a week.
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ezyHes
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I agree.
  Posted on: March 5, 2016 7:28 pm

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Solution 4
Posted March 13, 2015 2:27 pm

RuReja
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The principal should be available whenever possible. But you must acknowledge that there are many aspects to this position that are conducted off campus and not easily viewed by an outsider.
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