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Monday, 18 September 2017 10:08

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By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



New Liberal High School Assistant Principal Scott Hinkle recently talked about his time in education, his time as an athletic coach and shared what he is most excited about regarding the 2017-18 school year at LHS. 


Q: Could you give me some background on yourself? (i.e. how long you’ve been in education, when you started working at Liberal High School, etc.)

A: Education-wise, I’d have to go back and count, but it’s been 20-plus years. Liberal, I was here as the boys’ basketball coach from 1996 to 1999. Then I went to the college and was the assistant girls’ basketball coach for four years there. I came back here to LHS as the athletic director, did that for nine years. After that, I got back into teaching and coaching, so I was our head boys’ basketball coach the last four years. Then this is my first year as assistant principal. I’ve been in Liberal a long time, but it’s my first time in this position. 



Q: How do you feel about being assistant principal at LHS?

A: It’s been a smooth transition for me just from the fact I’ve had a lot of the students in class or I’ve coached them. So as far as knowing the students and faculty, for the most part, it’s been a smooth transition. Then knowing [Ashley] Kappelmann and [Josh] Stephenson and [Troy McCarter], all that has been great too, and being surrounded by all the great staff has helped tremendously along the way. 



Q: When they approached you about becoming assistant principal, what was going through your mind?

A: Part of what played into it was I have a son who went on after high school to play basketball in college, so I had a decision to make of was I just going to stay as a teacher and give up coaching, or, having been in administration before, was I going to go back into that? With my schedule, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to coach and go see my son play, so that kind of played into the decision. Then once it progressed to the point where they asked my if I was interested, I had to really think of whether or not I wanted to get back into administration. Ultimately, it made sense to do so and I have no regrets, it’s been a good decision.  



Q: School started only a few weeks ago, how has everything been going so far?

A: We’ve gone through some growing pains with our new east campus, so not everything has been perfect. But the good thing is we’ve got a staff that has been very patient and willing to help each other out, so I have to compliment our staff on what they’ve done. One thing in this position, every day’s different. You don’t have set office hours or anything like that, and I like that because there’s no set routine and you’re on the go non-stop dealing with whatever situations come up I have to go to. Most people think being the assistant principal means dealing with the bad things, but there’s a lot more good than bad. 



Q: What are some things you’re excited about for the 2017-18 school year at LHS?

A: One thing would be just my new role and getting to know our staff in a different way and our students in a different way. I’m impressed and amazed with our staff with the things that go on in the classroom I never got the chance to see. So now, as an assistant principal observing in the classroom, we have some amazing things going on here and a lot of amazing students. 



Q: What are some ideas and goals you have for this year?

A: We’re going through a redesign project, and the thing with that is we’re going to go through a lot of changes, some of which we don’t know yet. Being part of something new, something innovative, is very exciting to me. And then being able to share that with community members, faculty and staff, students, that’s something I’m excited about. I’m looking forward to all that. 



Q: What excites you about all the work that’s been going on throughout the district?

A: It’s not like we’re going to change education completely, but with the redesign, we’ll be able to change what we want, so if say, the traditional classroom or the schedule isn’t working, we can modify that. We want to meed the needs of every student on campus. With the east campus, the thing I see is we’re learning together and just the fact that there’s that element of unknown, here’s a chance to ask and use the resources we have to see what needs to be done and what will work. One of the questions we posed to faculty and staff and students alike was “What does your perfect school day look like?” But that’s so broad, it makes them think about it, and maybe we’ll be able to model some of those ideas with this redesign. And even though we’re going through some growing pains having two campuses, there’s a lot of good with that too. 



Q: What would you say to encourage parents or community members with questions or concerns to contact the school here?

A: At any point in time, they can call the school and ask for the person they need to. As far as the redesign, we’ll be getting things out to the public on a regular basis, we have committees that will be sharing that information. We want input from everyone – business owners, the general public, everyone. This isn’t a secret club we’re doing, we want input. They can contact us here and we will do our best to help them with what they need. 

 

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