Britton Hart

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Wednesday may be the last day of the 2015-2016 school year for Emporia Public Schools, but the accolades for the upcoming school year are already starting.

Emporia High School principal Britton Hart has been named the Kansas Principal of the Year for 2016.

“I’m obviously excited,” Hart said. “But I think it speaks volumes to what our staff does and the hard work our teachers and our students put forth every day.”

Awarded by the Kansas branch of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the award honors principals who have “made an exceptional difference in your school and community.”

“Some of the things we’re trying to do as a school is to help students and create a culture of learning where all kids can thrive,” Hart said regarding what he was told went into his selection. “Things like the trimester and things like our intervention process or using an electronic walk-through tool. There’s a lot of good things going on.

“We’re also making a name for ourselves with our individual plans of study,” Hart said. “We’ve had a lot of contact with folks across the state about them.”

Hart will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. in the fall for the Principal’s Institute. According to the association’s website, the event is a chance to “share best practices with other state winners and advocate for education during a trip to Capitol Hill to meet your legislators.”

“It’ll be a pretty cool experience,” Hart said of the D.C. trip, “Obviously, an opportunity which will be full of learning.”

Superintendent Theresa Davidson has worked with Hart since she was principal at Olathe High School and said Hart has always put his students first.

“I think that they couldn’t have chosen a better person,” she said. “He’s done a good job keeping his focus on students and making sure Emporia High is a premier high school in the state. In his short tenure as principal he’s built strong relationships among his staff members and his students. I’m just thrilled for him.”

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