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Archive for Thursday, July 21, 1994

PRINCIPAL TO TAKE CURRICULUM JOB FOR LOCAL DISTRICT

July 21, 1994

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Randy Weseman, principal at South Junior High, will become director of curriculum for the Lawrence school district.

Lawrence public school students will have a 17-year district veteran overseeing what they learn.

Randy Weseman, principal of South Junior High School, will take over duties as curriculum director for Lawrence public schools.

"Curriculum is a broad look at how we deliver learning in this school system," he said in an interview this morning. "We talk a lot about outcomes. We make decisions about what students should know and figure out how to get them there."

Supt. Al Azinger announced Wednesday that Weseman will assume director duties in 1994-95. When the district rearranges its administration hierarchy in 1995, Weseman's title will become assistant superintendent of educational programming.

Just as a curriculum task force Weseman served on struggled to fit new requirements in a six-hour school day, he must find a way to fit three responsibilities into each 24-hour day this year.

His duties will include learning the curriculum post, running South, and preparing the new Southwest Junior High School for opening.

"I'll have to be more efficient. In a year of transition, it will be difficult," he said. "I really consider myself the principal of South until the transition is complete."

When serving on the junior high curriculum task force, he learned how "the process" can work in a bottom-up style. In other words, start with those whom policies will affect most: students, parents and teachers.

"My first goal is to get people comfortable working with me ... really establishing that comfort, knowing that I'm accessible," he said.

South Junior High School has been a stepping stone for recent curriculum directors. P. Kay Duncan was principal there from 1986 to 1990. Duncan resigned from the district in June to take an associate professorship at Emporia State University.

Weseman has been a teacher at Central Junior High School and assistant principal at West Junior High School as well as principal at South.

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