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Three local principals chosen for Network
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Three Warren County School principals have been chosen by the Tennessee Department of Education to participate in a Rural Principal Network.

They are West Elementary principal Michelle Lewis, Hickory Creek principal Mike Mansfield and Eastside principal Carol Prater.   

“I am extremely excited Warren County has had three principals chosen to engage in this work by the Tennessee Department of Education,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share and learn from other principals across the state and I commend Ms. Lewis, Mr. Mansfield and Dr. Prater on their appointment to this network.”

Forty-nine other principals will serve in the inaugural class of the Tennessee Rural Principals Network, one part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Transforming School Leadership Initiative, which is a comprehensive approach to improve the preparation, retention and development of Tennessee’s principals.

“We must ensure that every school, no matter where it is located in Tennessee, is led by a principal who is supported and developed to his or her fullest potential and able to guide our teachers and students to success,” said Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.

Lewis, Mansfield and Prater will receive funding to support their attendance and learning at five events during the 2018-19 school year. These events are designed to provide them with professional learning to help address challenges unique to rural leadership.

Gov. Haslam has dedicated more than $3.5 million in this year’s budget to advance this work. Additionally, the Ayers Foundation, Scarlett Family Foundation and the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) have invested a combined $600,000 toward the efforts.