The new man in charge

Q&A with principal Chris Mayfield

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The new man in charge

Administration has a specific hiring process that must be attended to in order to find the best candidates to fill the empty positions that 14 former teachers have left.

Administration has a specific hiring process that must be attended to in order to find the best candidates to fill the empty positions that 14 former teachers have left.

Hallie Fischer

Administration has a specific hiring process that must be attended to in order to find the best candidates to fill the empty positions that 14 former teachers have left.

Hallie Fischer

Hallie Fischer

Administration has a specific hiring process that must be attended to in order to find the best candidates to fill the empty positions that 14 former teachers have left.

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The Red Ledger: How have your first months of being LHS’s principal been?

Mayfield: “The first couple of months have been great. I have a great staff of fellow administrators and administrative assistants that have made the transition a good one.”

RL: What is one of your favorite parts of being a principal?

Mayfield: One of my favorite parts of being a principal is getting to know so many different students.  When I was a classroom teacher I got to know the students in my classes, but didn’t have as much of a chance to meet other students in the school.  Being a principal gives me the opportunity to get to know so many more students.

RL: Do you have any big changes planned for next year?

Mayfield: Some of the changes for this year will include having a parking attendant and changing the drop policy for AP classes.  We want to increase student safety and security in the parking lot and adding a parking attendant will help us do this.  Our AP Drop Policy has changed to help promote perseverance in students as well as creating a stable schedule for students in other classes that could be negatively impacted by over scheduling in Pre-AP classes when AP students drop.

RL: Many students are wondering about the new rumored dress code changes. Can you tell us anything about that?

Mayfield: The dress code will be almost identical to last year.  This year students will see a difference in our focus to make sure students are following the guidelines.

RL: What do you want to tell the students about the upcoming school year?

Mayfield: I am incredibly excited about the upcoming year.  Having been an assistant principal at LHS for the last four years has been amazing.  I want students to know how committed the entire LHS staff is to making their experience at LHS a great one!

RL: How do this new job compare to being an assistant principal?

Mayfield: The job of principal is definitely different than as an assistant principal.  The biggest difference so far is the increased number of opportunities I have to share the great things going on at LHS with the community and outside the school district.

RL: Tell me a little about the staff that you are working with this year?

Mayfield: We have an incredible staff at LHS.  The returning teachers are incredibly dedicated and do a fantastic job in the classroom.  Our newly hired teachers are really strong as well.  They will be a great addition to LHS.

RL: Are you excited for this school year? Why?

Mayfield: As an assistant principal for the past four years I have learned a tremendous amount.  I am most excited about taking the leadership lessons I have learned from central administration and LHS administrators and working with our staff to create an amazing experience for LHS students.