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Education/Schools

April 20, 2010

NAHS, Hazelwood principals named

Silver, Pine View schools, administration building put up for sale

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. board approved new principals for New Albany High School and Hazelwood Middle School at its meeting Monday night.

Janet Page, principal at Lanesville Jr.-Sr. High, will take the NAHS position and Jessica Ann-Farag Waters, NA-FC assistant principal for student development, will lead Hazelwood.

Prior to the vote, Page, who previously worked an assistant principal at NAHS, was asked what she was going to do to improve the graduation rate, especially among minority students.

She took the microphone and answered the impromptu question.

“I think if we’re working hard every day for every child at New Albany High School, you’re going to see that graduation rate go up, because if it’s good for one student, it’s good for all students, and we’re going to work hard every single day to improve the graduation rate for all students,” she said, adding that some programs are in place, such as a cohort group led by Silver Street Elementary School’s principal, Theresa Duke, that is dedicated to helping minorities graduate.

The board approved Page’s hiring 7-0 and Waters with a 6-1 vote, with board Vice President Lee Ann Wiseheart voting against.

“I wanted someone with more experience. It certainly isn’t personal,” Wiseheart said, adding that she will fully support the board’s decision and will make sure Waters has all the resources needed to make Hazelwood one of the top middle schools in the state.

Waters, who taught at Hazelwood for two years earlier in her career, said she knows her first year at her position will be uncharted territory for many as the school opens its doors for the first time to fifth graders.

“I dealt with the transition for the middle-school kids coming up to the high school. I know how to help the parents and students along. I just think with new fifth graders coming up to the middle school [it] will be a new challenge. It’s exciting and I’m ready for it,” Waters said.

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