Jefferson County Public Schools elementary principals are in class this week prepping for the end of summer vacation, and many are not alone.
Earlier this year, the school board approved the hiring of assistant principals for elementary schools with more than 400 students.
Of the nearly 80 schools eligible, all but a dozen principals have already hired their assistants, who officially begin Wednesday.
“We’ve already interviewed and hired so we’re going to be expecting our AP to come into work bright eyed and bushy tailed this week,” said Danielle Randle, principal of Semple Elementary.
The $3.5 million cost to pay the assistant principals is being partly funded by redirecting money that previously went to pay half-day counselors.
But the assistant principal roles will also relieve many counselors from additional administrative duties they were previously responsible for.
Randle said she's preparing her plan to address student achievement and teacher development for the 2012-2013 school year, and she said although the halls are quiet at the moment, she still feels like its the first day of class.
“You get those first day jitters already, especially with me being a new principal. This is just my second time kicking off the year and there’s a lot of fine tuning you get to do right now,” she said.