Metro adding deans to help middle school instruction - WSMV News 4

Metro adding deans to help middle school instruction

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Metro Nashville Public Schools will debut a new dean of students position at the district's middle schools this year.

At Oliver Middle School, faculty and staff were busy Wednesday getting ready for the first day of classes next week. When students return they will meet their new teacher and their new dean.

Adam Wicker is the new dean of instruction and students at Oliver Middle, and among his main responsibilities is dealing with student discipline.

"To assist teachers with plans for behavior, for handling issues within the office, providing accountability to students and being visible throughout the schools to help the teachers," Wicker said.

District leaders acknowledged middle school is where many students start to fall behind. And with high enrollment levels, meeting each student's needs can be tough for one principal and assistant principal.

"Sometimes it can be overwhelming when you have one or two people trying to deal with a lot of issues. We don't have major issues here, but there are times my head administrator is called out of the building and I'm the only one in the building. So it kind of helps out," said Oliver Middle Assistant Principal Trey Chapelle.

The new deans will also be responsible for working closely with teachers on instruction and assisting with teacher evaluations, plus meeting with parents.

District leaders said the role of each dean will vary based on their school's needs.

"I'm excited, because it's going to give me a greater capacity to serve teachers and serve students," Wicker said.

Metro leaders said the addition of the new positions is not costing the district any more money, because the deans will be paid as teachers. But the benefit for the deans is they are being groomed for assistant principal roles down the road.

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