August 23, 2006
With a new school year comes a lot of changes. In Orange County, it's a new beginning at the high school for students and staff.
We headed to class to meet the new principal of Orange County High School.
"This is my first cup of coffee this morning," said Orange County High School's Principal Eugene Kotulka.
The first cup of coffee for Eugene Kotulka starts an entire morning of firsts at Orange County High School. It was the first day of school for students, and the first day as principal for Kotulka.
"It's like Christmas morning, it's like the first day of basketball practice, or the first game on Friday night," said Kotulka.
Mister Kotulka certainly knows how to relate to high school students. After all, he has four children of his own. Going from four to more than 1,500 in a matter of days should be no problem.
"We seem to be off to a good start. We got all the students in a classroom, and we're checking schedules to make sure they're all where they're supposed to be," added Kotulka.
The theme for OCHS this year is "Success Is In the bag" which focuses on behavior, attendance, and grades. The new principal got an early start to success by visiting classrooms. It is the first step to making improvements where needed such as math.
"We've already sat down as a math team, and the math teachers have come up with some great ideas. It's sort of put a plan in already to implements some changes that will help in improving student achievement," added Kotulka.
The Hornets of Orange County High School are buzzing about the expected changes. One of them swarming the halls with excitement.
"I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, thinking about today, and getting excited about it. But you have to get excited, and you have to enjoy it. The staff has been the same way, and so far it's been really fun," said Kotulka.
This is the third principal for Orange County High School in three years, but Mr. Kotulka says he plans to be at the school for several more years.