Thursday, July 27, 2006
Jackson new principal at BHS
By BARRY BURLESON
It appears Don Jackson has found his dream job.
The 45-year-old took over in early July as principal of Byhalia High School, replacing Brian Taylor.
“I’m excited to be here,” said Jackson, with a big smile on his face. “I couldn’t have picked a better place to be.”
Students return to class Thursday, Aug. 3. This Thursday, July 27, BHS will host a “Meet the Staff” night starting at 6 p.m.
“I really feel I have been blessed,” Jackson said. “I’m very fortunate to have this opportunity to be principal here with such a wonderful staff.”
Jackson comes to the Marshall County School District from Memphis, Tenn., where he was site administrator and assistant principal at Westhaven Success Academy. He had been employed by the Memphis City Schools four years and prior to that worked seven years in the Greenville Public Schools. He has been a teacher, coach and even a deputy sheriff.
Last week he was busy preparing for the start of the new school year, trying to get a couple of vacant teaching positions filled and getting schedules in place.
“We will have several new staff members this year, and we welcome them,” Jackson said. “We’re looking forward to having a great year – teachers, students and community.”
He said he will strive for the community’s support and involvement.
“We look forward to getting the community and the parents involved with their school,” Jackson said. “It’s as much theirs as it is ours.
“You’ve heard the saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ We want to bring that back into play at Byhalia High School.”
Jackson hopes to lead the way in the school’s rise from a Level 3 performing school to Level 4 and then Level 5, the best.
“Academics will be our primary focus, but we also want to offer a well-rounded education with plenty of extracurricular activities, too,” he said.
He said he expects great seasons in all sports. He is looking forward to hopefully hosting some invitational meets on the school’s new track.
“We have some outstanding, enthusiastic coaches,” he said.
His goal is teamwork at all times – in the classroom and on the athletic field.
“We anticipate a dynamic school year with a great supporting cast – teachers and administrators - and we want to display teamwork at all times,” Jackson said.
He believes in an open-door policy.
“This door will stay open,” he said. “We want people to be able to come and talk to us about any concerns they may have about their children’s education.”
Jackson is single and has two children.
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