(WMC) - A perturbed principal took his concerns to the Shelby County School Board Tuesday night. He and a teacher said their school was left out of the loop concerning big changes coming next year.
Many attribute Northaven Elementary School's turnaround to its principal, Louis Padgett, who could not hold his tongue any longer about recent decisions affecting his school.
"Had I known I was going to be a K-8, I could have retained the top 10 percent of my 5th graders. I've just lost them," said Padgett.
Padgett shared his communication concerns Tuesday night with the Shelby County School Board, as did teachers and parents who claim they found out about a decision to expand grades from the news.
Public comments do not always get responses, but theirs did. Board member David Pickler implored district leaders to reach out to Northhaven and its principal.
"The man is an absolute gem. He's a gift to the school system, and he does everything that you could possible ask a principal to do," said Pickler.
"Kids I've received since January, your tired, you poor, they don't come without a story, and I guarantee you I fix every one of them. I just need a little support," said Padgett.
The district released the following statement:
"The District has been very intentional about the planned supports for high-need schools. Roughly half of the 2014-15 SCS budget is being invested into these schools, including Northaven Elementary. Northaven has been a successful school for students in Northwest Shelby County for several years. We are excited about the opportunities Northaven will have as a K-8 school beginning in 2014-15 and working closely with staff and families to ensure a smooth transition for students."