Purcell Superintendent Kathy Draper’s plan to have a business leader shadow each of the five building principals last Thursday was a rousing success by all accounts.
Rotary President and pastor Justin Blankenship followed Don Schneberger around the high school.
McClain County Bank President Charlie Sherman was the man behind the scenes at the junior high with principal Bret Petty.
Accountant Mike McGregor was on the ground with Michele Milner at the Intermediate School while First American Bank Vice President Michael Dillinger was the man with the plan at the Middle School with principal Tina Swayze.
The largest in stature of the quintet was Victor Lohn with Barrett Trailers and he went to the Elementary School to see what all was in store for Tammy Dillard on a regular school day.
Here are some of the out-takes from the participants at a round table get together that afternoon at the administration building.
Sherman - “The most impressive thing to me was Mr. Petty’s rapport with his students and faculty. He was out in the hall all the time. He has a good relationship (with them). I had a fun, good day.
Blankenship - “It was school picture day and everything went very smooth. Actually it was a lot of work and I’m glad to be going back to being a preacher.
“Schne has lots of hats to wear and was constantly making decisions to a whole variety of questions. The teachers and staff seemed to work together. It was a very laid back, relaxed atmosphere.”
McGregor - “I was impressed with everything at the third and fourth grade building. The teachers were amazing. Like a machine. The teachers would just have to clap their hands and the kids responded. We have a heck of a fine bunch of teachers and support staff. All of the kids were using their smart boards. Excellent!”
Dillinger - “I really had a good time. The biggest thing I got from this is the control the teachers have in the classroom. The fourth and fifth graders were engaged and trying to learn, even in the band room with (David) Hilger. He had ‘em lined up. The teachers are wanting to teach the kids and I think the kids, in general, are wanting to learn.”
Dillinger was also impressed with the technology.
Lohn - “Just like everyone said. The staff was very engaged. I went into several rooms with Mrs. Dillard and visited with the kids.
“Most of them were friendly. Some of them were scared,” the 6’5” Lohn said. “But most of them warmed up pretty easily. It was an enjoyable time.”
One question many children asked the scab principals was, “Are you the new principal?”
All of them had to laugh and say no.
It was a good experience for the real principals, students and the Principals for the Day.
It’s a good start to what Draper wants to become an integral part of the school year.