When I'm in the mood to put myself on a pedestal, I like to think there's no one else who could do my job as well as I do. This of course is nonsense, but I can at least imagine such things.
When thinking about the job of executive principal at Warren County High School, it really is a job I believe only a handful of people could do well.
I say this because it was announced Monday that Clark George, former executive principal at WCHS, is moving to the Central Office. The WCHS executive principal position has been posted to the school system's website and applications are currently being accepted.
The question, first and foremost, is who would want the job? As the father of two boys, I can testify that keeping up with them and trying to keep them on task continues to be a challenge. I couldn't imagine trying to keep 1,758 high school students in line, which was the reported WCHS enrollment on April 1.
WCHS has more than twice as many students as our next biggest school, which is WCMS with 766 students on April 1.
The enrollment at WCHS is nearly as much as the five so-called county schools of Morrison, Irving College, Dibrell, Eastside and Centertown. Those five schools combined had 1,859 students as of April 1, or 101 more than the high school. And, to my knowledge, none of those students drive.
The problems high school principals must address are voluminous.
• They have to worry about fighting and bullying.
• They have to worry about vaping and drug use.
• They have to worry about school safety and possible intruders entering the building.
• They have to monitor outfits and enforce the dress code.
• They have to worry about what students may be doing with their cellphones and possibly even confiscate a cellphone, OMG.
• They have to worry about providing proper counseling for students who are in need.
• They have to worry about having school nurses readily available for when students get sick.
• They have to worry about problems that may arise on a school bus at 7 a.m., or problems that may arise at a ball game at 7 p.m.
This is certainly not an all-inclusive list because one thing I have not yet mentioned is the WCHS executive principal has to worry about educating our children. Oh, that.
The business of making sure our children can read and write is just one of the many responsibilities our school principals face. I would like to think it would be the primary problem, but it often may seem like a secondary issue with all that's going on in the world.
It stands to reason an executive principal of a school with 1,758 students is held accountable by roughly twice as many parents and about four times as many grandparents.
It's a demanding job no doubt and I appreciate Clark George and his years at the helm of WCHS.
Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.