New principal shares vision for Woodlawn High School

Shreveport, LA - A Shreveport High School with a history of low performance is getting new leadership.  Now community members are looking forward to the future.
 
Dr. Grady Smith will take over in April.  One of his first priorities is finding certified and dedicated teachers.
 
"The ones that want to get their hands dirty and lets continue to turn this school around."
 
The school currently has an "F" performance score from the state, but the school is close to improving to a "D."
 
"We want Woodlawn to be one of the key schools in Shreveport-Bossier and it can be.   It has that potential and we're going to work hard and it is going to happen."
 
Dorian Ford attended a community meeting to give her input on the school's next leader.
 
"Dr. Goree came out last week and allowed the alumni and everyone to give him characteristics of a principal that we desire and he met those characteristics we requested."
 
Smith wants the community to be involved.
 
He says, "The community is Woodlawn.  I will have an open door policy and listen to all of the ideas, suggestions and even complaints."
 
Dr. Smith was the assistant principal at Woodlawn for two years.  During his tenure he says he was instrumental in improving ACT scores and graduation rates.  Ford and others are excited to have someone who can come in and make a difference.
 
"We want to get away from the negative stigmas that are there.  We want our students to be afforded the same opportunities as other students at other schools."
 
Dr. Smith is currently the principal of Caddo Middle Career and Technology School.
 
 

 


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