By Amanda Coffman
Tucked away in the corner of his office is a full drum set, and East Columbus High School principal Dr. Bryan Abernethy has played drums every day for years. It’s something that actually helps make his job a little easier.
“Believe it or not, there have been some times when people come in angry, students or parents or whatnot,” said Dr. Abernethy, “and we ended up talking about the drums and music and everything and it sort of became a more positive conversation as a result.”
As the school year comes to a close, he wants to use his drum skills to help the school’s band, but he also has bigger dreams than that.
“By far the thing that we need to improve here more than anything else is parental involvement,” said Dr. Abernethy. “I need to be able to communicate better with them. I want to make sure I have an email address for every single parent so that I can send out my weekly message on email.”
He’s also bringing back the school’s Freshmen Academy to help the Freshmen adjust to their high school experience. Along with that, he plans to begin competitions between the grade levels with their grades to get them excited and promote not just school pride, but pride in their grade level. The most important change though, is something that he has to wait on.
See the full story in Monday’s News Reporter.