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Feb. 21, 2013

Blair vice principal retires

by Janvi Raichura, Online News Editor
At the end of the first semester, Vice Principal Andrew Coleman announced his retirement, leaving Blair with a vacant vice principal position. Blair teacher William Currence has filled as interim vice principal for the remainder of the year.

In light of Dr. Coleman's retirement, Currence is serving as interim vice principal for the remainder of the year. Danny Rosenberg
In light of Dr. Coleman's retirement, Currence is serving as interim vice principal for the remainder of the year.
After working at Blair for eight years, Dr. Coleman decided to retire at the end of the first semester. According to Principal Renay Johnson, people usually choose to end their seniority year in correspondence with when their first year began. "I can't speak for him, but some people may choose to leave at the same time of year they began," she said.

Mr. Coleman's absence has been very much noted by the Blair community, especially his iconic waiting period before making any important announcements. "It's weird not hearing 'I will wait eight seconds' on the intercom anymore," Johnson said.

According to county policy, administrative positions must be offered to any teacher in the county with appropriate qualifications. However, since Coleman left at the end of the first semester, Johnson could appoint someone from Blair as interim vice principal for the remainder of year.

In order to become an administrator, Currence had to complete his Master's degree in administrative coursework as well as an internship under vice principal Suzanne Harvey. Two years ago, he also became a testing coordinator at Blair. When the position for interim opened up, Currence applied and was selected for the position, which will be re-evaluated at the end of the year.

Currence's new role as acting vice principal means that he has assumed all of Coleman's duties, including taking on the role of ninth grade administrator and overseeing the Crisis and Emergency Plan. He also supervises Blair's Health and Physical Education (P.E.) teachers, science teachers and the career and technology teachers. Currence is now also responsible for managing all the disciplinary action in these departments.

Before assuming the role of interim vice principal, Currence taught Honors biology. As a teacher, Currence enjoyed interacting with his students on a daily basis and forming more permanent bonds with them. "Working with students every day, I really loved getting to know every one of my students and their stories. The biggest difference is now I meet students who I haven't taught, so it is a challenge to build a relationship and understand a given situation when you don't see a person regularly," Currence said.

In contrast, Currence now has to meet students he has not necessarily taught in the classroom, which he believes will make it harder to build a close of a relationship. "The biggest difference is now I meet students who I haven't taught, so it is a challenge to build a relationship and understand a given situation when you don't see a person regularly," he said.

At the end of the year, the position will be open and advertised throughout Montgomery County, and Johnson will review the applicants, checking that they have all the necessary certifications. Then, a panel, consisting of in-house staff as well as staff from the central office, will meet and determine the permanent assistant principal.

Johnson stated Currence's high energy and depth of knowledge in science and technology as well as state testing rules and regulations make him an asset to the Blair community. This will be helpful when the panel convenes and chooses Blair's permanent vice principal. "[Currence] will have the advantage because he has served in the role," she said.



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  • A saddened man on February 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM
    First Benedict and now Coleman? What has the world come to?
    • amused man on February 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM
      Benedict? You went too far MAN. Leave the sick man alone. Coleman's in Hawaii by the way...
  • MBHS13 on February 21, 2013 at 9:35 PM
    Mr. Currence is a fantastic teacher and there is no one more qualified or better suited to represent our students. As a senior at Blair, I am sad to see Dr. Coleman go, but enthusiastic that his shoes are being filled by a teacher who is just as invested in the Blair community as he was. Best of to luck Mr. Currence!
  • Details, details... on February 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM
    ..."Assistant" Principal, not "Vice" Principal.
  • Does anyone edit these articles? on February 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM
    Second Sentence: "Blair teacher William Currence has filled as interim vice principal for the remainder of the year."

    filled = will fill in?
    • if you only looked around your school... on February 22, 2013 at 7:11 PM
      ...you'd realize Dr. Coleman is gone. Mr. Currence is walking around doing Dr. Coleman's old duties.
      • Your point is what exactly on February 26, 2013 at 6:38 AM
        The fact that the article was written several weeks after Dr. Coleman's departure doesn't change the fact that there are mistakes in this article including the one I pointed out.

        "has filled" should be "has filled in as interim assistant principal and will continue to do so for the rest of the semester"
  • one of hisprevious students on March 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM
    "Johnson stated Currence's high energy and depth of knowledge in science and technology as well as state testing rules and regulations make him an asset to the Blair community."

    If anyone knows Currence, the beginning part of that sentence is a joke.

    Mr. Currence is a walking contradiction. He is/was a Science Teacher yet believes that Global Warming is a myth. He claims to be accepting of all people, yet posted a note in the Science Office that said, "I Agree With Rush" (referring to the Rush Limbaugh verbal bashing of a student, calling her a "slut")

    His attitude towards students, especially of those that are different from his idealistic viewpoints, is predicated upon an irrational fear of transfusing cultures. Basically, he's a bigot.

    Some people like this guy, but most of the students at Blair do not. Ask any of his students and they'll tell you. Just because Currence has (unfortunately) been part of the Blair community for a long time does not validate his position as being temporarily promoted to interim vice principal.



    Also in terms of editing, the following quote was included twice. Another subtle, sub conscious example of how students at Blair dislike this guy. They don't even care about editing an article that has anything to do with him!

    "Working with students every day, I really loved getting to know every one of my students and their stories. The biggest difference is now I meet students who I haven't taught, so it is a challenge to build a relationship and understand a given situation when you don't see a person regularly," Currence said.

    "In contrast, Currence now has to meet students he has not necessarily taught in the classroom, which he believes will make it harder to build a close of a relationship. "The biggest difference is now I meet students who I haven't taught, so it is a challenge to build a relationship and understand a given situation when you don't see a person regularly," he said. "

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