Students need to be held responsible in and outside of school, says Dunedin High School Principal Reuben Hepburn.
DUNEDIN – To a group of 30 people, Dunedin High School principal Reuben Hepburn laid out his plan for the upcoming school year at the Aug. 6 Dunedin Rotary Club meeting.
Lynn Wargo, president of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and former Dunedin Rotary Club president, introduced Hepburn and praised his success at Dunedin High School.
“We’re in really good hands with the children,” Wargo said. “The children have wonderful goals for the future.”
Accompanied by new ninth-grade assistant principal Steve Plummer, Hepburn told Rotary members about plans for new clubs and mentorship programs that would help students prepare for college and their future careers.
After raising the overall school grade from a D to a B, Hepburn said he’s made progress, but he’s still looking to the A grade he feels his students deserve.
“We still have a great deal of work to do,” he said. “A lot of that comes down to holding teachers and students accountable.”
Already, Dunedin High School has what Hepburn calls “Swag Thursday” where students are invited to dress professionally for classes. The best-dressed students, nominated by their teachers, can win $10 gift cards to the movies or $15 gift cards to Starbucks. But Hepburn wants more.
In his plan for the 2013-14 school year, Hepburn talked about restarting the Future Business Leaders of America club, setting up internships for students and promoting the availability of on-campus certification programs in Microsoft Office, Adobe and Photoshop.
The principal also talked about increased promotion of the school’s special programs, including the Academy of Architectural Design, Advancement Via Individual Determination, the Fast Track to BA program, the fundamental program and the Naval Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. In a highly competitive job market, he said, students need to have the skills and experience to succeed.