Archive for Thursday, October 14, 2004

Interim BHS assistant principal chosen

October 14, 2004

Kit Harris has been named interim assistant principal at Baldwin High School in an in-house move designed to bring help on the administrative side.

Harris, a BHS and Baker University graduate who has been journalism instructor and wrestling coach at Baldwin High for years, began his interim work last week. However, it wasn't until the state received notification that Harris had completed administrative testing this summer and could be certified, that the move was finalized.

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"We got it all worked out," said Supt. James White. "Kit Harris is now working as interim assistant principal at the high school. We got everything taken care of with certification. He'll do a good job for us."

The move became necessary when BHS principal Allen Poplin's recovery from injuries suffered in a fall from a ladder this summer wasn't progressing as hoped. Originally, the thought was supervision at BHS could be handled by Poplin in a part-time role, along with assistant Bret Jones. But, the load became too much for both, White said, and doctors advised Poplin to end the part-time work and concentrate on recovery from back and leg injuries.

"That's what we're going to impress upon him now," White said of Poplin's emphasis on full recovery. "For his health, that's what needs to happen. It's hard to get someone who has never been sick a day in their life and then has something like this happen to understand in the long run it's better for him to stay away from there."

White said it's unknown how long it will be before Poplin is back up to speed and Harris can return to the classroom.

"We don't know how long it will be," said White. "Kit will be a really big asset for us. He knows what's going on at the high school."

Harris, who completed his administrative requirements this summer with the idea of someday getting in that role, is excited about getting an early chance and pleased that the question on his certification has been resolved.

"I'm just helping out the team," said Harris. "I had done everything I could do, but the state said they hadn't seen the scores. I now have a conditional license for two years. It's been a good experience.

"I've been able to work with students in a different angle," he said.

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