Principal For The Day

By: Laura Gibbs
By: Laura Gibbs

It's a lot harder than you think and Thursday business leaders, government officials and members of the media learned why a principal is really a “pal.” 23 News Reporter Laura Gibbs spent the day at Ellis Arts Academy as “Principal For The Day.”

By the time the school bell rang at 9:15 a.m., I was already helping the real Principal Dr. Patrick Hardy sort out the events leading up to a fight. Hardy believes there's a difference between excuses and reasons. Hardy states, "I think a good principal is a good parent. That you draw the line for certain things. You encourage kids when it's appropriate. You call them on things."

Hardy treats all 573 students as little adults each faced with new challenges. Ellis is a unique because it's an arts integrated school meaning dance, choir, art and music is incorporated into every lesson. While I was evaluating teachers and helping with discipline reports Suzanne Berger with Rock Valley College was exploring the similarities between Auburn High School and RVC.

Berger tells 23 News, "Academic success, retaining students in school and as a participant in the Rockford region I am a concerned taxpayer for District 205.”

What happens November 7th could impact every school and force every Principal to make some tough decisions. But right now I think I can speak for both of us and say that every day every Principal is faced with numerous dilemmas which is why no day is ever the same.

Ellis, a K- 8 school, has decreased the number of referrals and increased test scores. 23 Morning Weathercaster Aaron Wilson also returned to his alma matter and was ‘Principal For The Day” at Flinn Middle School.


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