How Long Do Principals Stay?

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Here in my district, principals/vice-principals are transferred every five years to a different site. However, some principals are moved sooner than the five year mark if they need to "clean house" at another site.

    How often are principals shuffled around in your district?
     
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    We only have two schools. I've been in my school for 13 years and have worked for 4 principals...the first two left voluntarily for other jobs...the last two swapped schools about 4 years ago, but that was the first time that ever happened in my district.
     
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    Our principals tend to be transferred after about 5 years at a school; vice-principals are rarely at a school for longer than 2 years. Our current principal has been at our school for 7 years; we are anticipating a change for next year.
     
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    Our principals often stay for extended amounts of time. My current principal has been here 8/9 years and has no plans to leave.
     
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    Been at my school for 6 years, One Principal. Never once heard plans for a change.
     
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    Our last principal was there for 20+ years. This one is finishing year 1 :)
     
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    Principals here usually stay at least 3 years. Mine has been at my school for 4.5 years and I'm ready for a change... It seems like he is done and he is going down the trail of appeasing parents and teachers rather than doing what is best for students, so I hope he leaves soon.
     
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    Principals are shuffled frequently, but mine is one of few who hasn't. The AP on the other hand, has changed very frequently. We haven't had one for more than 2 years. My P is well liked by the super and other administration and she has become a sort of trainer for new AP.
     
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    My school has been in operation for over 60 years, and it has had a grand total of 3 principals in its history.
     
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    My district is rural and doesn't have much movement at all-- of teachers or principals-- from year to year. My principal has been at the school for five years with no plans to leave until she retires.
     
  12. Reality Check

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    It USED to be common for principals to stay in one school 20, 30 years.

    Now, because everyone thinks change is ALWAYS a good thing (to the point that no one waits to see if something is working or it's because they couldn't care less about continuity), 3 years is usually about average anymore.


    :huh:
     
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    The principal that hired me this year was in his 10th year. Then he switched schools in January! I am surprised at the high turnover some of you have. I like stability.
     
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    I have been in my system for 20 years. In building A I had three principals over an 18 years period. I have been in building B for two years. The principal I have now is one of the principals I had for 3 years in building A. I absolutely love her. I send a prayer up each day that she never leaves!!
     
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    I have been teaching for five years. In my five years, I've had four different principals and countless different VPs, split between two schools.
     
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    Our school has had three principals in the 20 years I've been there. The principals were always the assistant principals first, and teachers (2 in building, 1 from other school) before that. Two stayed until they retired. Third is still with us.
     
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    I've had 8 principals--they don't last long. I say about half as long as most teachers stay.
     
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    To answer your question more specifically, rarely in our public or private schools are P's shuffled (that I know of). Most P's leave or transfer by their own choice.
     
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    I have been teaching for 9 years and the same principal that hired me is here now. This is his 13th year as our P, but he is retiring. So this is my first change and I am very anxious. The one before him was there for two years. The one before her was there for 20+ years. I would not like changing P all the time.
     
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    I love stability too but sometimes a change in principal is a good thing.:whistle:
     
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    Wow, I've never heard of principals being shifted around like that...In my district, they just stay until they apply for a new job, move, retire, etc.
     
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    In seven years, we are on principal 5. That's how we roll in our district.
     
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    I've never heard of shifting principals like that.
     
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    I'm in a big district, but they don't transfer Ps around. A current P has to apply for any open positions just like an external candidate. I'm at the top elementary in my district- Ps usually retire from my school. My school was built in the 1920s and I think there have only been 6 or 7 Ps altogether. One former P even has a school named after him.
     
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    Principals are as human, as the next unhappy teacher:)
    They stay as long as their heart desires; knowing that she's/he's heading the right way for her/his goals, less stress from the people above and below them, and IS NOT ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY, BUT FOR THE LOVE OF BEING THE TOP DOG in helping make a difference in the lives of our future team players and leaders!:hugs:
    Sometimes things do not work out, and the people above and below her/him can have them removed IF they are not following the agenda.:(
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    Principals in my district usually don't get the option of staying at a school for long periods. Usually around year 3, they ask around to see if a principal is willing to move but around year 5, they are told that they will be moving to a new school.
     
  27. YoungTeacherGuy

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    Just to clarify: Principals are shuffled around by the Board of Education. Once someone becomes an administrator here, it's extremely rare for them to leave our district (voluntarily) for another job (in fact, I don't think I've seen it happen in my 8 years here).
     

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