Just as sure as spring temperatures shift to the hot, humid weather that summer brings, parents can often expect an educational shift in personnel, moves often made as one school year comes to a close and another fast approaches.
That often happens around the middle to end of June, just prior to July 1, a new fiscal year and, a new year of planning for school administrators.
So it was no surprise when Sampson County Schools announced shifts in positions, moves that brought long-time principals into the central office and moved others from one school to another.
While it might be something that shocks, angers or frustrates parents used to the status quo when it comes to their child’s administrators, we consider the moves to be appropriate shifts in leadership that benefit the individuals being moved, teachers, the community and most especially the students.
On the one hand, it’s akin to having fresh eyes on a paper you’ve written, or a new look at a project you’re completing; on the other, it’s an opportunity for positive change that can take a school in a different direction or bring about shifts in priorities at the central office level.
Either way, we applaud the county school system and leader Dr. Eric Bracy for taking a critical look at the leadership within the system and making shifts that they believe will be most beneficial to all concerned.
In the case of Roseboro-Salemburg Middle’s long-time principal Sheila Peterson, we are sure it is a blow to a community which has fallen in love with her leadership at the school level. Like us, they know that Peterson has kept the middle school environment a strong one both academically as well as socially, making all students feel successful, a difficult task in any middle school environment.
While Peterson has been a tremendous asset to the middle school, we believe she will be an even greater one at the system-wide level, where her educational expertise can trickle down to all four of the county’s middle schools. In her role as director of Middle Grades, Peterson will be responsible for driving curriculum opportunities that will enhance what each school already has in place.
Much the same could be said about the other leadership shifts that have taken place in the county schools.
We know change doesn’t come easily to any of us, but the changes that have been made in Sampson County Schools should be seen as opportunities for growth and advancement, with success the common denominator in the equation.
For many, losing a well-liked principal or assistant principal may take a while to accept, but we hope parents and community members will do so knowing that the moves are being made in the best interest of all.