Fist bumps are in at Waynesburg Elementary School, said new principal Mark Upchurch; that's the way he wants to greet the kids every day.
"Starting the first day, I want them to come up to me, give me a fist bump and tell me their name."
Hired two weeks ago, Upchurch said he was "thrilled to accept the position" and is eager to begin his tenure as an administrator after almost 18 years as a teacher. When asked what he thought the challenges would be making the transition to the principal's seat, he said, "It's all basically leadership, and that doesn't change." Upchurch has leadership experience ranging from the military and coaching to subbing for principals.
While Upchurch is eager to get started, he doesn't plan on making major changes right away.
"I have to get a feel for what's going on before I make any changes. I want to make sure we have a good foundation. It's like a house; if you don't have a good foundation it will fall."