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Our opinion: Fourth time may be charm

Twice in the past year teachers and staff have approached the Warren County School District with concerns over student behavior and disruptions in class at the middle school.

It is in that light that we hope the district has found the right fit in Dr. Lyle Dosser, a Warren Area High School graduate who was recently hired to be the new principal at Warren-Beaty Middle School. Dosser comes back to Warren County from Augusta, Kan., where he was principal at Lincoln Elementary since 2010.

Dosser is the fourth principal at Warren-Beaty in the past two years. Perhaps the biggest complaint from teachers and staff has been a perceived inability to properly discipline students for misbehavior. Dosser has to work both to change students’ behavior but also to rebuild trust in in the school’s leadership with teachers and staff.

It’s a difficult task — but Amy Stewart, district superintendent, seems comfortable that the district has found the right man for the job.

“He’s kind of one of us,” Stewart told the Times Observer. “So we’re really excited about getting him going. We want to give him a fresh start coming in and get things going in a positive direction.”

School principals can go a long way toward establishing a school’s culture. We hope Dosser ends up being the right man for what has been a tough job at Beaty-Warren Middle School.

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