During a class this evening I chatted with a teacher from another school in my district. I asked about her principal because I was uncertain if he was still there. He is. He has been for 20+ years. She had mostly good things to say about him, although she did admit he is not much of an instructional leader.
My principal has been in place for about seven years and was an assistant principal at our school for four years before that. I'm in no hurry to see her leave.
Why does a principal being in one position for twenty years strike me as a problem? Should we expect principals to change more often than that?
Do I like having my principal remain because change is hard? Or is it because she is helping us do great things? Both?
I'm surprised at how much this brief conversation got me thinking about the role of the principal and how it does/should change over time. I've come to no conclusions at this point and I'd love to hear others' thoughts on principals and their tenure at a school.