Administrative Changes; Booth moves to new role as GFHS principal
By Haley Schichtl
Tim Booth, former Green Forest Middle School principal, has moved to the position of high school principal as part of a series of administrative moves in the school district.
Former high school principal Terry Darnell will now serve as director of instruction/federal programs coordinator/instructional facilitator/assistant principal after Lisa Carlon resigned to accept another job.
Booth said the school district is now going through the process of looking for someone new to fill the middle school principal’s role, which they hope to have filled within the next two weeks.
During the hiring process, Booth and Darnell will share the responsibility of handling both the middle and high schools, Booth said.
“I thought it would be a new challenge,” Booth said about taking the new position. “I’ve been in education for 29 years.”
It is currently Booth’s fifth year working in Green Forest. He said he likes Green Forest because of the climate and the size of the school district.
“I’m from the flatlands of northeast Arkansas,” Booth said. “I think it’s beautiful here.”
He said that although he misses being in the classroom to a degree, administration allows him to be more involved with the school district as a whole and impact more students.
“I enjoy teaching and seeing the lightbulb come on, but as an admin I can be around a larger set of students,” he said.
He said the switch from middle school principal to high school principal won’t be too big of a learning curve; he just has to familiarize himself with the high school curriculum and learn to work with an older set of students, but his responsibilities will for the most part stay the same.
“It’s not a blind transition,” he said. “I know the people here.”