Community leaders called to the principal's office

WMBF News General Manager and "Principal" Ted Fortenberry with Principal Donna Hooks at Burgess Elementary School Tuesday. (Source: Burgess Elementary School Facebook)
WMBF News General Manager and "Principal" Ted Fortenberry with Principal Donna Hooks at Burgess Elementary School Tuesday. (Source: Burgess Elementary School Facebook)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Fifty-two community leaders in Horry County were forced out of their comfort zone and back into the classroom.

Horry County Schools held its first "Principal for a Day" program. From before the doors opened to after the dismissal bell rang, community leaders experienced firsthand what it takes to lead hundreds of kids, teachers and staff during a typical day.

Doctor Dwight Boykin, principal of Saint James Middle School in Myrtle Beach, walks the halls everyday, sometimes not getting a break to even sit down for hours, and it is all to motivate the students. "Kids like being here. They want to be here contrary to popular belief that they hate school. I don't see that."

Sergeant Jeff Benton with the Horry County Sheriff's Office followed Dr. Boykin step by step. "What's amazing is to see how organized the school is with nearly 1,200 students. No chaos. The staff had their positions, and everybody knows everybody here. It's like a well oiled machine" said Benton.

At Burgess Elementary School, Principal Donna Hooks wowed her principal for a day. Ted Fortenberry, General Manager of WMBF News, said "I was impressed with the organization, the flow, the plan. It's amazing. What I will take home is an appreciation for the responsibility of the teachers and what they deal with on a day to day basis."

The program includes a breakfast the Superintendent Cindy Elsberry to discuss what was learned, share ideas and discuss what the community can do to work together on education.

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson was principal for the day at Midland Elementary School, and Horry County Police Department's Lt. Robert Kegler filed the administrator's shoes at River Oaks Elementary.

To see a complete list of participants, visit this page: http://bit.ly/16Q6uIv

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