New York Principal Named
National High School Principal of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC. — James Donnelly, principal of James A. Green High School in Dolgeville, New York, today was named the 2004 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year.

Donnelly received the award for demonstrating excellence in resolving complex problems, involving the local community in the school, and his consistent success in improving James A. Green High School's overall learning environment. Donnelly will receive $10,000 as part of his award.

"James Donnelly works hard to understand the realities facing his students, staff and his community," stated Dr. Gerald N. Tirozzi, executive director, NASSP. "This understanding has allowed him to institute changes and provide a new direction to James A. Green High School that has led to dramatically improved student achievement. We are proud to have him as the 2004 National High School Principal of the Year."

"MetLife Resources proudly salutes James Donnelly for his dedication, persistency and devotion to the students of James A. Green High School," said Michael K. Farrell, chief executive officer, MetLife Resources. "James has made a discernible difference by focusing on more than the basics of education. He has accomplished much because he has involved the local community and utilized innovative approaches to help students manage not just their studies, but their lives as well."

The sixth principal hired in nine years at James A. Green High School, Donnelly faced the challenge of turning around a struggling school fraught with low expectations and high discipline problems and creating an atmosphere of consistency, collaboration, and high expectations. Donnelly set out to change the mindset of an entire community by first establishing a student code of conduct that articulated fundamental expectations.

"A key element of Jim's success is his consistent and persistent expectation that our students can be successful in academics as well as sports," said Robert L. Smith, former Superintendent of Schools, Dolgeville Central School District. "That challenge, given to students and staff, has improved the school immeasurably."

A major programmatic change implemented by Donnelly was the middle school team concept in the 7th and 8th grades of this 7-12 school. Through a team approach, student academic and social needs were addressed throughout the building. Curriculum integration, expanded college preparation courses, and character education and service learning have helped prepare students for a brighter future.

In March 2003, Donnelly was named the 2003 New York High School Principal of the Year. Donnelly was one of three state finalists selected from candidates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA).

The National Association of Secondary School Principals-the preeminent organization and the national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals and aspiring school leaders-provides its members the professional resources to serve as visionary leaders. NASSP promotes the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character development, leadership development, and physical well-being of youth through its programs and student leadership services. NASSP sponsors the National Honor Society™, the National Junior Honor Society™, and the National Association of Student Councils™.

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