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School board appoints Mont Harmon's principal

Bruce Bean indicates that he feels positive about accepting the school board's appointment to serve as the new principal at Mont Harmon.

Sun Advocate reporter

Mont Harmon Junior High has a new principal.

Bruce Bean, a former Mont Harmon biology teacher and vice principal at Carbon High, has been appointed principal by the county school board.

With new ambitions for the future directions at the junior high school, Bean intends to take an evaluative approach based on observations in which he will make changes gradually.

Most of the changes that he currently would like to see happen involve improving Mont Harmon's image through better public relations with the community as well as addressing other issues head on.

"We have a good school and the community doesn't understand how good of a school it is," said Bean during a telephone interview.

"I invite parents to come into our school and see what's going on before they make any judgments about us," added the new Mont Harmon principal.

As with most schools, standardized test scores are a concern with Bean because there is always room for improvement and on the issue he stressed the idea of building a solid foundation.

Although he is aware his new job will be a busy one, Bean indicated that he wants to take it slow approach and not get too spread out.

However, some changes he plans on making include creating a better idea of the school or "climate." By climate, Bean explained that he means creating a better perception of all areas of the school from teachers to students and parents.

"What I would like to see are things like getting teachers excited and involved about teaching as well as getting students and parents to really take ownership in their school," said Bean

Another aspect in terms of school climate for Bean includes more effective discipline.

Through his coaching experience, he said he learned that quality discipline can go a long ways.

Achieving the objective includes developing a better system to deal with problems such as bullying and establishing an improved school suspension program, pointed out Bean.

Bean noted that he realizes some of this might need to be implemented in stages and acknowledged the difficulty in dealing with the schools age group.

"Junior high is a tough age. It's tough for the students and it's a tough age to teach," said the newly appointed Mont Harmon principal.

Mont Harmon might have its problems as with any school, but Bean credits some of the junior high's strong points to the faculty and staff.

As a teacher for most of his career, the new Mont Harmon principal has a perspective on both sides of the educational system.

Although the transition has had its adjustments for him, Bean said he intends to do a good job with the school.

"I've really enjoyed it (administration), but I have missed the classroom and coaching. Overall though, I feel positive," commented the Mont Harmon principal.

Bean revealed that he looks upon his position as principal at his old school as a promotion and appreciates the school board's confidence in him as an educator and administrator.

"I'm excited to be back," concluded Bean.

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