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Leadership Lite


 Leadership Lite

Anything for a Scoop
Steve Baker, newspaper adviser at DeSoto High School in DeSoto, Texas, had a student who was one letter grade short of qualifying for a positive college recommendation letter, so Baker told him to interview the school’s head football coach, who never previously had consented to a formal interview.
The student came back from the challenging assignment with great responses, startling the faculty adviser. After it appeared in print, Baker asked the football coach how the student journalist managed to get him to sit long enough for an interview.
“The coach replied that he was sitting on the commode when the reporter barged into the room, sat down on the pot next to him and whipped out a note pad,” Baker related.
The adviser said the student’s initiative in pursuing the story earned him an even higher grade and an especially strong recommendation letter.

Aging in Place
Eighty years of senior class photos line the halls of the two-story Altha Public School in Calhoun County, Fla., built in the 1920s. One of those photos shows the current superintendent, Ralph Yoder.
“One of the teachers that is still [teaching] taught me when I started here in fifth grade,” he said.
Source: WMBB.com, Panama City, Fla.

Snow Predictor
With a fascination for foul weather forecasts, a senior at Staples High School in Westport, Conn., developed a smartphone app that predicts — with high accuracy — whether area schools will cancel classes because of impending snow.
Scott Pecoriello’s Know Snow app was 84 percent accurate during the past winter at predicting school closings in Fairfield County, Conn. The software, which is free in Apple’s App Store, was introduced last winter. The student also maintains a Facebook page titled Wild About Weather.
Pecoriello’s app considers more than weather, taking into account topography of the towns where the schools are located. He puts himself in the superintendents’ pre-dawn shoes, asking, “What does the superintendent think as he looks out in the morning?”
Source: Fairfield Citizen, Fairfield, Conn.

That Sounds Like Me
The Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association pulled a fast one on Jon Cerny. He’s the superintendent of 21 years in the Bancroft-Rosalie Public Schools and a member of the association’s annual awards selection committee.
Before the committee picked last year’s Outstanding Superintendent of the Year, the other nine members exchanged e-mails to surreptitiously select Cerny. When they assembled in person, they conducted a vote to give him the impression someone else was being honored.
At the ceremony, the presenter began to read the winner’s accomplishments. “It sounded like this person had done a lot of the things I’d done,” Cerny told The Sioux City Journal. “I knew it couldn’t be me because I wasn’t on the list.”


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