Being Principal for a Day is a chance for business people in Phoenix to see changes that need to occur in schools. After seven years, Phoenix will relaunch the “Principal for a Day” program, which was discontinued after 25 years in 2010 due to budget cuts.
School officials are reaching out to business leaders who have a desire to learn how schools work and what challenges they face. According to Tim Valencia, Phoenix youth and education manager, the program nurtures future partnerships and is “set up to match local businesses with local schools.”
Beginning in October, the program will be annual again, after a soft relaunch this spring. Previous participants are looking forward to it, as the program has brought businesses closer to schools in the past and raises awareness of missing opportunities in schools.
Vice Mayor Kate Gallego was principal for a day nearly ten years ago at Shaw Elementary School, and she saw the value of the program while working in strategic planning for the Salt River Project.
“It’s very common to hear from a business, ‘What are you going to do to support education?’ ” Gallego said.