Business leaders to serve as principals for a day

By Amy Cherry 5:22pm, October 1, 2013 - Updated 6:31pm, October 1, 2013
WDEL's Amy Cherry talks with Newark HS Principal Curt Bedford and DSCC Chairman Hinton Lucas.
The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce kicks off its Principal for a Day Program.

WDEL's Amy Cherry has more.

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Registering to be principal for a day has gotten simpler--you can now enroll online. But that doesn't make the day in the chair any easier.

"No one thinks it easy, so we realize that it is quite a significant undertaking," says Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Chairman Hinton Lucas.

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Lucas, who works for DuPont, served as principal for a day in Seaford several years ago.

He says the program gives business leaders a chance to meet faculty, students, and staff.

"There is a cross fertilization of what's going on in business versus what's going on in education and hopefully learn from each other," says Lucas.

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Newark High School Principal Curt Bedford says he's happy to give up his seat for a day so others can see how hard his job really is.

"Come in and kind of see the nuts and bolts of what's going on but to really live the experience," he says

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Bedford hopes business leaders can look at the systems in place and use strategies from the business world to improve on what's going on in Delaware schools.

Governor Markell was first to sign up, using the new online system, to be Principal for a Day at his alma mater, Newark High School.

To register, click here.

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