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Principal's Message

The odds are if you’re reading this you are the parent of a student coming to J.T. Reddick in the fall of 2018, and you are looking for information. While I could give you data for days and tons of information about the J.T. Reddick Sixth Grade School, the truth is that school no longer exists. To be as literal as possible, I will return along with my assistant principal Jennifer Howell, a handful of teachers, our media specialist, our lunchroom staff and most of our paraprofessionals. Not even the building will be the same as it is being renovated!

The renovations include a new, safer and friendlier front entrance with lots of glass and room for parents to bring their students. We will change the way we park, too. That will also allow better access for our families. Outside we are adding two brand new playgrounds from scratch. While our middle school kids needed no playgrounds, our elementary kids do, so we will build two! There will be a playground specifically for K-2 students and another one on the other side of the school specifically for 3rd-5th graders.

The biggest change involves our staff and students. Gone are the 630 students who were primarily 11 and turning 12 years old and the teachers certified to teach them. We will now host less than 400 primary and elementary aged students. One of the county’s highest functioning staffs was certified to teach middle school, so they are now working at either the Eighth Street or Northeast middle schools. The faculty coming to Reddick either chose to come or were selected by me. With a great deal of support from the county office, Reddick has been fully staffed for months including special education teachers, gifted and ESOL teachers and interventionists. And I love my staff!

Here is a little about me. First, J.T. Reddick is in my heart. I began my career at Reddick as a seventh grade English teacher in 1990 under Principal John Smith. I coached Reddick Raiders football across the street on the old rec field and coached Raiders and Raiderette basketball in the Mott Gym. Since then I’ve taught seniors at the “old” high school when it was on Eighth Street and at the “new” high school on Blue Devil Way. I finished my time in the classroom as a seventh grade ELA teacher at Eighth Street Middle School. I’ve been an administrator at ESMS, Charles Spencer Elementary, G.O. Bailey Primary and now right back where it all began – J.T. Reddick. Either I’m well-rounded or I can’t keep a job! Bottom line – I love this school!!

 

 

Sincerely,

           Jim Torell

Reddick Teacher 1990-1996

           Principal since 2016