VOL. 111 | NO. 186 | Monday, October 6, 1997
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
Local executives to shadow city school principals
By SUZANNE THOMPSON
The Daily News
Some local business executives, along with the city and county mayors, will step into new roles today as they participate in the Memphis City Schools CEO Principal for a Day program.
Art Seessel, retired chief executive officer of Seessels Supermarkets, will accompany Wanda Winnette, principal of White Station High School during her daily duties.
He said it will be interesting to see how the school is run.
"Its a very difficult job," he said. "It will be fascinating just to see the issues that she has to deal with."
Following an 8 a.m. breakfast at the Teaching and Learning Academy on Union Avenue with the principals of the designated schools, the business executives will go to the schools and accompany the principals through a typical day.
Other business leaders participating in the program include Avron Fogelman, CEO of Fogelman Properties, who will visit Southside High School; Larry Papasan, president of Smith & Nephew Richards Inc. who will go to Kingsbury High School; and Jim Riggs, general manager of the Memphis River Kings, who will visit Hawkins Mill Elementary School, according to Darrin Devault, marketing specialist for Memphis City Schools.
County Mayor Jim Rout will be the CEO principal at Richland Elementary, and city Mayor Willie Herenton will go to Caldwell Elementary.
The CEO Principal for a Day program is part of the Memphis Goes Back to School program that will take place today through Oct. 10. During the week, all 161 schools in the city school system will open their doors to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Thursday, those hours will be cut to 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. because the students have a half day of school.
"Its really a grass roots effort to invite the whole community into their public schools to see whats going on," Devault said.
He said the schools are expecting a total of about 15,000 visitors.
This is the third Memphis Goes Back to School campaign, which is part of the U.S. Department of Educations America Goes Back to School program.
The nationwide campaign is focused on improving education across America during the back-to-school period from August through October.
Additional information about the local and national programs are available at the school districts Web site at www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us.
Other events connected with the program will be Alumni Day on Tuesday, Family Day on Wednesday, Civic Leaders and Elected Officials Day on Thursday and Church and Community Day on Friday.