SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Dr. Joseph Quarles

310-450-8338, ext. 220

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2002

New Principal Appointed to

Lincoln Middle School

At its meeting of June 27, 2002, the Board of Education appointed a new Principal at Lincoln Middle School.

Effective July 1, 2002, the District welcomes Henry P. Harris as principal of Lincoln Middle School. "Hank" comes from a teaching background and has served as Assistant Principal at two middle schools in Oregon. Most recently, Mr. Harris was Executive Director of the Global Learning Charter School in San Diego, California where he was fully accountable for management, both operational and academic, hiring staff, developing a business model, curriculum, policies and compliance issues.

Mr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University, his Masters of Arts in Secondary Education at the University of Michigan and was a Danforth Fellow at the Center for Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington.

Mr. Harris' leadership responsibilities included State of Oregon Legislative Advisory Committee on Teacher and Administrator Quality, Technology Stewardship, negotiations, Focal Point for parent volunteership, gifted education, mentoring, safety, State Testing, Elementary School Transition, ESL Program Improvement/Grant Administrator, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health Curriculum.

Hank is seen by students as fair and approachable and the staff admired him for his insight and enthusiasm. He has been involved in student management and discipline creating a positive and safe school climate and in staff professional development and evaluations. He is noted for working collaboratively and is a very strong leader always considering what is best for the students.

As a public school leader, Mr. Harris is most proud of serving whole communities, including every child from any family. "I am responsible for ensuring that every child has the opportunity to succeed," states Mr. Harris. The School District is fortunate to have Hank Harris to lead Lincoln Middle School into the future.

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