As a prior student of Mountain View Elementary School, I feel so compelled to write a response to the transition. Understanding the decline in the number of children in the Kenai school district, I can completely understand the combining of the Sears Elementary and Mountain View; however, the removal of Jim Dawson as principal I do not.
Here is an individual with over 20 years experience in this school as not only a motivator, but also a mentor. A double bachelors degree, masters carrying individual, that has not only excelled in creating an extremely fluid and successful school, but has also reached outside of his school into the school district. Mr. Dawson has been an integral part of the Kenai Central High School football team, investing much time, helping them to four state championships. State championships not only breed state champions but also champions of tomorrow. He has been featured in Sports Illustrated for Kenai football, as well as many awards for his own individual accomplishments.
For Mountain View, Mr. Dawson has encouraged tradition as well as pride. For some children, their school is what they have to be proud of.
He sees to the needs of the students as individuals, not as a collective group. This is a trait of a great leader, of a true principal. It is unfortunate the closing of Sears Elementary School and what this means for the other principal in question. But is it truly in the children’s best interest to not even allow their principal the option to stay?
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