Padgett leaving North

Tate Miller, Tim Chrstmore, and Rosalia Salazar

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Principal Sherman Padgett has been at North High for 14 years. It was announced last week unexpectedly, that he will serve as the new principal at Heights effective next school year.

The district decided to  move principals around. Padgett will move to Heights, Heights’ principal Bruce Deterding will move to Southeast and the current principal at southeast, Lori Doyle, will move to North.

“I’m sad because I like North. Our reputation may not be what it really is, when I tell someone I’m the Principal of North they say negative things, but we here know how good it is,” Padgett said.

“We’re a really good school, but one of the things I think we are not good is our graduation rate,” Padgett said. “North’s most recent updated graduation rate is 71%, the state average stands at 86%. The graduation rate has been pretty static, it has not moved up or down, its not good I wish I could’ve raised the graduation rate every year.”

According to principal Padgett, “our school culture is good, students and staff like to be here,” but “that doesn’t get kids across stages.”

With Ms.Doyle coming here, Padgett thinks she can help push for academic success without hurting school spirit because school spirit is up to the kids.

As Padgett moves onto Heights, he says isn’t sure what to expect. “There’s only 5 or 6 people that are still there and so much has changed since I left 14 years ago,” he said.

As a final message to North students is “I am proud of them , I am proud to have been the principal here,” and a lesson he would give students is “sometimes you don’t get to do everything you want to do.”

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