Some Guilford County schools struggle with principal turnover

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Dudley High School principal Jesse Pratt at work with bus duty at Dudley High School, on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. (JERRY WOLFORD/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dudley High has had at least 14 assistant principals in eight years — likely more than any other school in Guilford County, a News & Record analysis of school system data shows, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

The school found some stability with Principal Jesse Pratt, who has led Dudley High since 2008. But now he’s leaving, too. Tuesday will be Pratt’s last day at Dudley. He is expected to take a job as an academic improvement officer for Indianapolis Public Schools.

His exit underscores recent complaints about principals and assistant principals churning through a school that would benefit from, among other things, stable and effective leadership.

“Principal stability is something that research bears out. It takes years for principals to get their footing, particularly in schools that have the needs that schools like Dudley have,” said Amos Quick, the vice chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education.

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