Jim Jury serving as dual principal at Ballard, Male
Jury says assistant principals, counselors and teachers at both schools have picked up the slack, handling day-to-day duties while he's at the other school. Ballard has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students, while Male is expecting 1,750 students this fall.
“It’s been really great to see the teachers and staff members realize that there is a bigger picture,” he said. “It’s a unique situation.”
Superintendent Donna Hargens said that’s exactly why she asked Jury to take on the temporary role, while the district continues its investigation involving Male’s current principal, David Mike.
Mike has been reassigned to central office pending two district investigations into testing improprieties at Male and questions about his professional behavior.
“Dr. Jury has over 30 years of experience and knows everything there is to know about running a high school,” Hargens said. “He also has a very strong team and he is a natural at maximizing everyone’s talents to make sure both schools do well. We have great confidence him.”
Hargens said she isn’t sure how long the investigations involving Mike will take.
“An investigation runs its own course, we will follow that process,” she said.
Ben Wyman, a Male High parent who also sits on the school’s site-based decision-making council said Jury has been a welcome addition.
“We are all so traumatized because of the David Mike situation, so it was important for us to have a sense of transparency,” Wyman said. “He’s (Jury) been really great. The thing I really like is that he sees all of this in context – it’s not about him, it’s about making sure we have a smooth opening and that we have enough people in place to make sure that happens.”
Wyman said he also has complete faith in the school’s three assistant principals to help out while the school is without a permanent principal.
“Our assistant principals are very capable of taking on some more responsibilities,” he said.
Jury said he believes both schools are in “great shape” for the first day of school.
“I have no doubt that things will be good at both places,” he said.
Jessica Kelly, whose stepson attends Ballard, said she’s happy that Jury has stepped in to help out at Male – just as long as he has no plans to leave the Bruins.
“We really like Dr. Jury,” she said. “And we understand why they would ask him to take on this role. We just don’t want him to leave Ballard.”
Jury says he has no plans to leave Ballard.
“This (Ballard) is home for me,” he said. “But I will help out at Male as long as I’m needed.”
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