Hargis takes on ‘great tradition’ at Westside
The key to a good school is “intervention,” Westside Middle School Principal Angela Hargis said.
A former assistant principal at Westside Elementary, Hargis is replacing Stewart as he starts at Coahulla Creek.
“I believe in intervening and intervening early,” she said. “I think students who come in who do not have preschool really need to be addressed by (the) elementary school. Hopefully before they come to middle school. But if it’s here or there, our intervention program is really sharp to address those needs.”
Hargis admits preschool will be harder to get into in the Westside community after the Westside Head Start closes at the end of July. The program was dropped when the Rossville-based Family Resource Agency of North Georgia took a $450,000 cut in its $8 million federally-funded budget in April. Several Head Start officials linked the closing of the facility to automatic federal cuts called sequestration that began in March.
“There wasn’t much the school system could do about that,” Hargis said. “I’m not worried. I feel like Westside is grounded in great tradition and fortunate to have a great staff (at both Westside Middle and Westside Elementary). I think we will continue to keep our test scores up and stay near the state average (81.4).”
Westside Middle received a CCRPI score of 80.5.
“Just like everyone, we will look at the strengths and weakness,” Hargis said. “I know for sure science is clearly an area we want to focus on. Greg Bailey is our assistant principal now. And science is one of his loves. I know we will be able to put together some great professional development to reinforce science down the road.”