Sunday, April 8, 2012

Picking Up the Pieces

Hosford is as a soothing balm to a bad burn

The seniors are a-tweeter because their caps and gowns for graduation have arrived at school. I suppose the company has so many schools to get the graduation regalia to that they must start early and hence senioritis. In addition the leadership class has painted the rock out in front of the school to say “GHHS loves Mr. Hosford!” I believe everyone does.

Grant Hosford jumped into the position of principal at Gig Harbor High School quite suddenly when our principal first took a leave of absence and then was put on administrative leave do to some personal problems that became public. I do not tell tales-out-of-school as it was covered on the Seattle television stations and extensively covered by the Tacoma News Tribune. Suffice it to say that it was a trying few days as we soldiered on, wondering what the heck was happening, but the soldiering was made ever so much easier when the school district called Hosford out of retirement to captain our ship of education to the shores of Summer.

Hosford is as a soothing balm to a bad burn. His good humor, keen interest in everyone, and positive attitude has created a feeling of optimism and stability. “Can we keep him?” asked the student I work with, as a small boy would ask to keep a puppy, not a teenage boy talking about a principal. I replied that I very much doubted it and that Mr. Hosford’s good humor could well be the result of knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an on-coming train. The office staff says otherwise. They believe that Grant Hosford is naturally energetic and good humored. Now if we could just find so amiable and involved a candidate to have permanently, although the district has not determined whether or not our erstwhile principal will return.

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