The teachers, the students and the parents have made CHHS an amazing, wonderful and incredibly high performing school in academics, athletics, the arts and community involvement. As a parent with three children moving through the High School over 10 years, we have seen how this has been accomplished despite the administration!
Over the last 10 years it appears as if the Administration and Lincoln Center have tried to systematically reduce the status that CHHS has owned, as the top high school in the area, heaven alone knows why. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for us they have failed! CHHS had the highest SAT score for NC High Schools 2013 (with the exception of the NC School of Science and Math), and this year CHHS is the NC State Champion in women’s basketball, soccer, men’s swimming, with several high place finishes and many All Conference stars in all other sports.
Over the last decade, we have seen the repeated very poor selection of a school principal, we have been through too many principals to count. We have had one or two fantastic principals but they have used the school as a springboard...one year on the job to leverage the schools high profile as an academic/athletic/performing arts high- achieving school and moving on. As we all know, the real movers and shakers in these areas are the teachers, the coaches, the kids!
As expected the superintendent and administration will and have tried to sell this as a “teacher problem”. The sad fact is that as parents, we see what happens, we know the teachers, we see what the teachers do for our kids our neighbors’ kids and us. What we also see is directly what the administration and principals don’t do; they ignoring emails, they ignore requests for information, they ignore even being present at important events, think sports awards evenings, think absence from state championship games.
Now, I know that there are some super folk in administrative positions, I know that there are some less than stellar teachers, and not all students and parents are angels. To those caring administrators, than you. But understand that when this issue is put to the “test of the reasonable person” the administrative leadership and commitment to giving their best to this school will be seen to receive a failing grade.
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