South River Elementary School

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Michael Salmonowicz

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Mark Keeler

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Gerry Yemen

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

In October 2005, the Rockingham County Public Schools Web site announced exciting news: For the third consecutive year, all 20 of the district's schools were fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. This accomplishment was particularly impressive since it meant that South River Elementary, a school that struggled to consistently achieve during its first eight years of existence, once again had attained a high level of success. Though Principal Mark Keeler was reluctant to take credit for the school's performance, it was no secret that South River's improvement began when he was named principal a few years earlier. But what had he done to turn the school around? And how had he helped the school sustain success?

Excerpt

UVA-OB-0883

SOUTH RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

At the beginning of every year I ask my faculty to write down two goals. One goal is how they are going to touch the mind of every student in their classes. The other goal is how they are going to touch the heart of every student. The affective component of education—connecting with students—is an integral part of all academic goals that we set. I'm convinced that the extra push that will help students succeed comes from the relationships we've established with them.

—South River Elementary School Principal Mark Keeler

In October 2005, the Rockingham County Public Schools Web site announced exciting news: For the third consecutive year, all 20 of the district's schools were fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. That accomplishment was particularly impressive because it meant that South River Elementary, a school that had struggled to consistently achieve during its first eight years of existence, once again had attained a high level of success. Though Mark Keeler was reluctant to take credit for the school's performance, it was no secret that South River's improvement began when he was named principal a few years earlier. But what had he done to turn the school around? And how had he helped the school sustain success?

South River Elementary School

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Keywords: Change management, turnaround, principal, school, performance indicators, leadership, accountability, trust building, SOL, rewards, innovation, testing.

Suggested Citation

Salmonowicz, Michael and Keeler, Mark and Yemen, Gerry, South River Elementary School. Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0883. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1281878

Michael Salmonowicz

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Mark Keeler

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

Gerry Yemen (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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