Buchanan reassigned at Williamstown

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By Bryan Marshall

Williamstown Jr./Sr. High Principal Misty Buchanan has been reassigned within the district for the remainder of the school year.

Buchanan, who was in her second year in the district, will serve as Head Start/Preschool program resource consultant.

The Carrolton resident said she will be returning to Williamstown for the 2010-11 school year as a tenured teacher.

Buchanan is certified to teach science and social studies for fifth through 12th grade.

She said the decision for the reassignment was made by the district after her formal and informal evaluations.

Superintendent Sally Skinner said she could not comment because it was a confidential personnel issue.

“I thought I was doing a good job,” Buchanan said. “As a second year principal, I was still learning. It’s all about the learning and getting better. I always did what was best for the kids and I’ll continue to do that. That’s what it is about, having them be successful adults and getting as much as they can in a positive manner from Williamstown.”

While admitting she was “totally shocked” by the district’s decision, Buchanan said she has no negative feelings.

“I love the school, the community and the kids,” she said. “It was just a very positive experience. It’s just a great school.”

Buchanan said there was no hesitation when she was offered the chance to remain with the district.

She will continue being paid her contracted 2009-10 school year salary of $90,712.

“It’s a great opportunity to have an even better relationships with the kids.” Buchanan said about becoming a teacher next year. “I was a very hands-on principal with the kids and really got to know them.”

“I know I belong with the kids,” she said. “If it’s in the classroom and I can make a bigger impact, then that’s fine. I taught for 18 years. That says how much I care about the kids.”