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New School Year Means Transitions For Principals

August 08, 2018 09:00 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- For many students, going back to school means making a transition. Kindergartners move on to elementary school, middle schoolers move to high school.

And when the Austin school district kicked off its back-to-school program on Wednesday, the kids weren’t the only ones in transition.

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"The mantra the happiest place in southeastern Minnesota I can now confirm is absolutely true,” Jill Rollie said.

They call it “mass registration”. It's a chance to wrap up all of the details ahead of the start of a new school year. And it's not just for students.

The Austin school district will have four new building principals this year, all veterans of the district, putting their experience to work in new settings.

"I think the best thing you can do as a new leader is to spend time in the classrooms, in the hallways, in homes, just getting to know the students and the staff and the families you're supporting so you can do your very best for them," said Jessica Cabeen, who leaves a long-time position as principal of Woodson kindergarten center to become principal of Ellis Middle School.

“What you've got to have is a paradigm,” Dewey Schara said; he’s leaving the top job at Neveln elementary school to become principal at I. J. Holton Intermediate: “and mine is relatively simple. we work for parents, we work for students, and we work for people in the building."

"You're not just limited to the 30 in your classroom but the 300 in your building and the opportunity to help families find resources and find ways to succeed in the school and watch them grow over the years, too," David Wolff said. He’d previously coordinated the gifted and talented programs in the Austin school district and takes over this year as Neveln principal.

“It's really cultivating that joy of coming to school, building those strong relationships, not only excelling academically but social and emotional literacy," said Jill Rollie, who takes her first principal position at Woodson Kindergarten Center.

And regardless of the building ...

"Our goal is for them to leave every day with a smile on their face and to come back every day to be fired up to be there because we are," Dewey Schara said.

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