|Davidson ‘excited’ to take reigns at Westview |
|Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 pm |
|By JOE LOFARO |
Special to The Press
MARTIN — Former Westview principal David Byars and newly-hired principal Jeromy Davidson have a lot in common – their office and of course, their title.
But what many don’t know is they both found out they were going to be the principal at Westview High School while they were away in Florida on vacation.
“I am very excited,” Davidson said. “I was on vacation, so it was kind of surreal. It had time to sink in.
“It was nice to enjoy the good news – his recent promotion from assistant principal to principal of the county’s largest high school (618 students projected for the upcoming school year) – with my family,” he said.
He filled all his vacant teaching and coaching position before he went on vacation.
“We have to hire an assistant principal and we are ready to go,” Davidson said, adding he expects to name an assistant within a couple of weeks. “We want to fill the spot as soon as possible, but then again, we want to make sure we hire the right person.”
Davidson’s trek to principal was simple. He was promoted from assistant to the principal. However, it is not what the Mississippi native had planned.
“The goal was not to be a principal,” he said. “When I was in high school I wanted to do something where I would make a lot of money. When I got to Lambuth I changed my major and wanted to be a football coach.”
After coaching stops in Jackson, Humboldt and at Lambuth, Davidson landed at Westview as the assistant principal and athletic director six years ago.
Weakley County Superintendent Randy Frazier said Davidson will do a good job. “He is familiar with the students and the school.”
While Davidson said he will not attend every event, he will “be at most events.”
“I will support the faculty and students at school during the day and after school when they participate in other functions. I am still going to be at lot of athletic events,” he said.
Davidson replaces Byars, who retired from the Weakley County School system after 45 years.
Published in The WCP 6.18.13