Thursday, July 3, 2008
New Holly High principal
By SUE WATSON
Cedric Richardson, former assistant principal at Senatobia High School, is the new principal at Holly Springs High School.
His first official day on the job was Tuesday of this week, July 1.
He served as assistant principal at Senatobia five years, and taught three years in the Memphis City School System and two years in the Como School District.
A veteran of the Persian Gulf war, Richardson served in the U.S. Army there during 1990-1991. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ole Miss.
Richardson said he is excited to be in Holly Springs. He said he wanted to take a school that has issues, so he can have a mission and purpose.
“Every student deserves a quality education,” he said.
Richardson said his job is to make every child, teacher and parent understand what a quality education requires of them and to let students know they deserve it. Once students understand what a quality education is about, they will understand they must do things to get a quality education, he said.
“The Holly Springs High School should not be a Level 2 school,” Richardson said. “At a minimum it should be a Level 4.”
School district superintendent Irene Walton, who introduced Richardson to some members of the community at a recent town hall meeting, said what applies to the school district also applies to the city in terms of responsibility for quality education.
“We have been a Level 2 for a while and we must rise,” she said. “There is no real reason why we can’t do that. We have a vision to be a Level 5.”
Walton said building leadership in the district and a five-year plan for the school district “will get us there.”
The superintendent said Richardson stood out during the interview process. She said it is obvious his focus is on the students.
“He talked about the students, over and over,” she said.
“We believe he is going to be a tremendous asset to Holly Springs High School and to our school district and our city.
“He is dedicated to the students and to ensuring they receive a quality education.”
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