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June 30, 2013

For several county schools, July means new leadership


Maret has ‘high expectations’ for New Hope

While most new principals are looking to improve scores, Principal Carla Maret says the CCRPI score of 81.4 that New Hope Elementary received shows how hard administrators there have worked.

Maret, who was assistant principal at New Hope for several years, is replacing Brinda Clayton who retired earlier this month.

“It’s nice,” Maret said of the school’s CCRPI score. But it’s not something to be content about, she added.

“We have high expectations here,” she said. “And our math scores need to grow. We know that. So that’s where we are going to concentrate. We will divide up our time to support more math in the day. But we are happy to be near the state average (83.4).”

Maret’s high expectations don’t just apply to students and staff.

“(But) for families, too,” she said. “Families hold high expectations for us. We work together, parents and the school, to get the best for the student. This school has always had expectations that were high.

“I plan to continue on the same path we’ve been on. Full speed, in the same direction. I know we have weaknesses in math from our test scores, but we are taking steps to make adjustments.”

Any adjustment to the way things are run requires good leadership, Maret said, adding that she’s learned from the best.

“Mickey McNeill, when he was principal of Murray County High School, loved his job and the community,” Maret said of her time as a student in Murray County Schools. “He was always excited every day and built a great school.

“Dusty Brown, Eastbrook Middle’s vice principal, was also a huge influence on me when I worked there. Just watching him just with the day-to-day operations. His decision-making process. He really believed in distributing leadership. He really let you have ownership. I truly believe the faculty need that. Things are a lot stronger if the faculty is self-motivated in true ownership.”

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