AS one door closes another opens for Orange High School.
Incoming principal David Lloyd says he has big shoes to fill but is ecstatic to take on the top job. He will take over from Maree Angus next year and brings with him a wealth of experience.
Mr Lloyd was principal of Dunedoo High School for two years, with two years at Bourke High School and one year at Canowindra High School.
But he is sure he will stay at Orange High School for the long term.
“It’s a long-term plan,” he said.
“Down the track who knows, but I’m in it for the long haul.”
Mr Lloyd’s wife Louise is a teacher at Calare Public School and two of his three children are enrolled at Orange High School.
Mr Lloyd is currently the school education director for the Lachlan Group of Schools but says he wants to jump back into the principal’s role because he misses working with students.
“I really like teaching and working with kids,” he said.
Mr Lloyd believes the role of the principal is to be aware and involved in what happens in a school, from administration to daily activities in a classroom.
He dismissed claims the principal’s role would be purely administrative under the state government’s education reforms, saying the reforms were a positive move for schools.
“I think there are really strong aspects to it. Enabling schools to choose projects that suit their own context is a good thing,” he said.
Mr Lloyd doesn’t have any ambitious plans for the school yet, rather, he wants to consult with students, teachers and parents about what they want for the future.
He cited the upcoming music room expansion as an example of how the school community could decide what facilities the school needed most.