MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Nearly 50 Montgomery Public Schools principals wrapped up the booster portion of Transformation Academy.
Dr. Molly Killingsworth, regional support coordinator with the Alabama Department of Education, said the principals went through the first part of the program in February. That portion lasted for three months, during which she said principals assessed how they're spending their time in their schools and received real, tangible directives of how they can be more effective.
"A principal can show up to school and respond to what's going on with parents there, discipline issues, buses, anything going on," Killingsworth said. "Before you know it, it's two o'clock and you've spent no time on instruction. Through Transformation Academy, principals are looking at their time and logging their time. They're seeing where they're spending the majority of their time and putting in structure to see where things are occurring so they can spend more time on instruction. While this is a 90-day jumpstart, the goal is for them to carry on these habits long after this booster ends."
Sonya Floyd, principal of Bellingrath Middle School, said the tools she received from the program will enhance her instructional and leadership abilities.
"I will have to put away some of those tedious tasks," Floyd said. "We found out, in the spring, that my schedule is loaded with other things outside of being an instructional leader. One of the things my team has done is taken a lot off of my plate so I can actually be in the classroom."
In February, former State Superintendent Dr. Ed. Richardson said principals play a key role in a school's success. He said every principal in the system would be evaluated and that those that were not meeting certain standards would be moved.
On Thursday, Chief Administrative Officer Terry Roller confirmed there had been some "shifts" in position in certain schools and areas but could not give an exact number of principals or list of schools where there would be such changes. However, he said offering principals support is something he believes will be a gamechanger.
The booster wrapped up at the Renaissance Hotel in Downtown Montgomery on Thursday afternoon.