LaCreole finds a new principal from within

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has named Jamie Richardson, the assistant principal at LaCreole Middle School, as the school's head principal starting with the 2011-12 school year.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District has named Jamie Richardson, the assistant principal at LaCreole Middle School, as the school's head principal starting with the 2011-12 school year.

Richardson has been LMS's assistant principal for two years.

He will replace outgoing principal Steve Spencer, who will become principal at Dallas High School in 2011-12.

"During the past two years, Jamie has been instrumental in developing a behavior support system for students at the middle school and has led a literacy effort both at the middle school and within the district," said Dallas Superintendent Christy Perry. "Jamie is a proven leader and has the support of the LaCreole Middle School staff."

Richardson, who previously served as a teacher and principal at Morrison Alternative School in Dallas, is looking forward to his new role.

"It's something that we didn't expect, but I'm really excited about continuing what Mr. Spencer has been a part of," Richardson said.

Richardson said his goals are to continue the school improvement process through LaCreole's professional learning community groups and further his work in the behavior support program at the school.

Richardson said one of the biggest challenges he and LaCreole's staff will face is the loss of electives and sports for the 2011-12 school year.

Due to staffing cuts, LaCreole was not able to fit electives into its schedule.

"We will have to get creative with our schedule and lack of electives," Richardson said. "We know a lot of our kids come to school for those classes and enjoy those activities."

The school has been offering enrichment "classes" during time scheduled for academic interventions. Students caught up in their classes can spend time learning extracurricular activities.

Richardson said he would like to provide more such activities to fill in for missing electives.

"We will try to continue that sort of program - fitness enrichment - as well as offer some form of art or music that we can't give them through our normal schedule," he said, noting most extra activities will have to be led by volunteers.

"It's going to be a challenge," Richardson added. "I believe it can be done. It's just how and when."

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