More than 200 guest principals from businesses and community organizations recently shadowed principals in the Long Beach Unified School District. Following their day at school, the Principals for a Day gathered for a debriefing at Cal State Long Beach, where many described great successes and challenges in local schools.
Honorary superintendents for the day were State Supt. of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, CSULB President F. King Alexander and Long Beach City College Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley.
LBUSD earned praise from O’Connell, who addressed the audience during the debriefing at CSULB’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center.
“This is an outstanding district,” O’Connell said. “It’s an outstanding team here, and your approach absolutely has to be replicated.”
The annual event allows business and community leaders to become principals for a day at elementary, middle and high schools to observe students, teachers and the operations of California’s third largest school district. Numerous business partnerships with schools have begun as a result of the event.
Former Long Beach Mayor Eunice Sato served as Principal for a Day this year at Longfellow Elementary School.
“This is my sixth time as Principal for a Day,” Sato told the audience at CSULB. “But I’ve never been so impressed. The schools are doing so much with what they have, which is so little. Our schools are really cut to the bone, and there’s not much more we can take away without closing them down.”
Co-chairing this year’s event were Mike Murray, president of the Long Beach Education Foundation, and Henry Fung, immediate past president of the foundation.