Editorial: Lake Myra’s loss, Knightdale High’s gain

June 20, 2014 

Jim Argent, the only principal Lake Myra Elementary School has ever known, is moving to the high school ranks. He will lead Knightdale High School. Lake Myra’s loss is absolutely Knightdale High School’s gain. Argent has been a focused leader ever since he stepped foot on the land where Lake Myra Elementary School was under construction.

He has fostered his vision for student achievement through a faculty which believed in what he was preaching. That focus will benefit KHS – where a host of academies and other special programs have created a school that often seemed to be like a ship without a captain.

Argent, a longtime elementary school administrator, will have to work quickly to identify with teenagers, but he’s shown an open-mindedness that leads us to believe he is adaptable to change, if nothing else.

A onetime finalist for Wake County principal of the year, Argent has found ways to empower students to take responsibility for their own education and their own behavior. He has given teachers the authority to be part of the educational decision-making process and that makes for excited, invested teachers.

Argent enters a school with a vocal parent population and he is sure to listen to them and seek their support when he begins to implement his vision for the school. He will also become part of the Knightdale Area Schools Workgroup, a wide-ranging group of educators, parents, politicians and adminstrators looking at the entire K-12 picture in Knightdale. As the leader of the biggest school in the area, he will be looked to for his opinion. He won’t be short on opinions. He also is likely to be reasonable in what he thinks can be accomplished by the group and what cannot.

Argent is a plum for Knightdale High School and, indeed, for the entire Knightdale community. He is likely to encourage student involvement in their community outside the schoolhouse door and, if Lake Myra is any indication, students will follow his lead.

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