Sunday, May 24, 2009

Changes in leadership

Read this Brantford story with some interest before jetting off to the NNAs Friday, regarding the changing of the guard in principaldom within the Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant Catholic board.
I feel for these students, I really do. A good principal can really shape a school and its culture. While in most secondary schools principals are more administrators than instructional leaders or disciplinarians, they create the culture and set the tone followed by vice-principals and the rest of the school staff. A bad principal can sour a school and impact on students, vice-versa a good principal. The students at St. John's College appear to have lucked out and gotten a principal they admire and respect.
There's one question that remains unanswered in this story, an obvious news hole for reporter Susan Gamble and her editors. What does principal Dina Dalia actually think of her transfer? Did the Expositor ask her? If they did and she was unable / unwilling to answer, Gamble should have put that in the article. Instead she included only quotes from Dalia's comments to students during the walkout and then from the board's communications staff.


Anonymous said...

this is just another example of an board admin. being out of touch with the students and school community.

It's also so typical of the revolving door of principals across the province. This isn't unique to this board by any means.

It's one thing that parents in my region can't stand.

The principal in question had just one year to go and they're transferring her to Simcoe from Brantford - an entirely different board?

Education Reporter said...

No. Same board. Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant Catholic District School Board. Simcoe (the community, not the county) is in the single-tier community of Norfolk County.