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Photo Credit: DAVID F. ASHTON - In the front lobby of St. Agatha Catholic School, new Principal Chris Harris told THE BEE that hes excited about the new year.Clearly, kids coming to St. Agatha Catholic School for the first day of the school year were excited, and perhaps a bit anxious, minutes before the first “class bell” sounded.


And so was Chris Harris, the school’s new Principal, who had gotten caught in morning rush hour traffic on his way to school.

“It's great to be here, and it’s exciting,” Harris said, as he greeted students, as well as the parents stopping by a reception table just outside the main entrance, for a scone and cup of coffee.

“It's always exciting to be in a new place and meet new people,” Harris told THE BEE.

“You can see the positive way the students interact with the teachers and the parishioners and the staff. It's really nice to be a part of it.”

This year, Harris and his staff will be going through their accreditation process. “It’s really fun to take a look at your organization, and see where you’re headed, how you’re going to get there, and make a plan moving forward to get there.

“I think there is renewed energy and spirit and energy here,” Harris smiled.

Something new that will delight both students and staff, Harris told us, was the upgraded technology. “This means we are making sure that we have reliable and consistent Internet connections. We’re also upgrading equipment for our teachers. And, our students are getting a variety of new devices on which to work. Plus, we’re upgrading our software programs to help leverage and enhance our instructional program.”

A challenge for him, he said, will be getting to know the church and school community members. “Many of the students’ parents and even grandparents attended the school. Hearing the stories from the parish parents, and getting to see the teachers excited about coming here every day to teach the students, is really great.”

At that point, the school bell rang, and classes began for another year.

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