As of 2016, we said goodbye to our elementary school principal Angela Reeter. The high school principal Mike Shackelford and superintendent Adam Bussard now share duties involving the elementary principal position. Mr. Shackelford has been principal at BHS for five years now, while Mr. Bussard was the high school physical education teacher for two years, high school principal for three years, and current superintendent for the past four years.
Mr. Shackelford’s new responsibilities include teacher evaluations as well as curriculum and instruction. He works with faculty to establish a curriculum the teachers will use in their classrooms and he evaluates all teachers K-12. On the other hand, Mr. Bussard’s responsibility is to handle the day-to-day operations at the elementary. He handles student discipline issues and communicates with parents and faculty members daily to ensure all runs well.
Like any new job, they are both adjusting to the new responsibility in their schedules. Mr. Bussard informed me that the transition period is going as smooth as it could be. Having an understanding staff and faculty really help with the transition period and make managing both jobs easier. The elementary kids also make the balancing of both jobs more exciting. Mr. Shackelford and Mr. Bussard agreed that being around the younger kids has been a refresher. The kids are eager to be learning and it’s a daily reminder why they go to work everyday.
The decision to combine duties was that of the Brownstown Board of Education. It will be their decision to keep this as an ongoing position or to hire someone new. This is something new that everyone is working together to get accomplished. We appreciate the hard work of both Mr. Shackelford and Mr. Bussard are doing at both schools, as well as the faculty and staff for doing everything possible to make this process smoother for everyone.
By Brooke Mayfield
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