Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership
Sage Publications, Inc.
When a struggling high school may be placed on turnaround status during a bid for a school bond, the district considers replacing a beloved principal with a record of low test scores with an unpopular principal whose record shows increased student achievement. The school board must decide whether to prioritize finances, community support, student achievement, or state-level demands. This case presents many difficult decisions schools and districts are required to make. Key factors discussed in the case include principal turnover, student academic achievement, teacher retention, school culture, and power.
Nielsen, S., & Taggart, A. (in press). Which principal is the right principal? Student achievement, school finances, and community stakeholders. Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership.