Students Primary Focus for Next GMHS Leader
POSTED: 1:23 p.m. EDT, October 30, 2008
UPDATED: 10:50 a.m. EDT, November 10, 2008
By: FCCPS Communications
According to a recent survey of students, staff, parents and other community members, George Mason High School’s next principal should be a student-focused, motivational leader who communicates consistently with all stakeholders. The number one area of focus should be academic programs, followed by student relations and team-building with staff.
“Of all the choices survey participants were given, these qualities and attributes were the clear priorities selected by all survey groups,” Human Resources Director Lisa Richardson said. “Other qualities and attributes were also selected, but these emerged as the most highly desired by the majority of survey participants.”
The school’s International Baccalaureate Program was frequently referenced in comment areas. Some people suggested that it should be a high priority, while others suggested that less emphasis should be placed on the IB program. Character education, student morals and a dress code were also repeatedly referenced in the comment section.
Richardson shared the survey result details with the community during the George Mason High School PTSA meeting on Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.The meeting was open to the public.
Feedback from the survey and meetings with the community and staff will be used to help craft the GMHS principal job announcement. The job will be widely advertised in local and national newspapers and educational publications and on Web sites. It will also be posted on the Falls Church City Public Schools Web site, www.fccps.org.