With consequences come rewards too, at his old school Principal Byams student attendance raised enough for them to win the Get Schooled Attendance Challenge twice, and they were granted a Red Carpet event where all the students were given their own personal “Oscar.” He also took 1700 students to the premiere of Mission Impossible 4. Not only did he do those things, but he also rented giant blow up activities such as jousting and lazer tag. His goals other goals for Boone High are to increase literacy rates 3% and to decrease level three behavioral referrals.
Byam will also be taking over Red Pride Leadership, the club that plans pep assemblies. Like many other things, he is making changes to the club, starting with the name which will be changed to the Stampede. To get more members he is planning on combining the club with some of the members of the Student Council and the cheerleading squad. This is to stop the little groups that are created by clubs and to get a better point perspective from the student body. “There’s been kind of a stigma around Red Pride that the activities and some of the things they did or created weren’t as fun or engaging as they should have been. One of the things we need to do is take a close look at what we were doing and how to make it better,” explained Byam.
With all the different things Boone’s new Principal is doing he is also planning to bring the college fair back to the high school in the second semester. He is hoping to make it big enough to be able to invite other high schools from around the area to come. The students of Boone were also invited to attend a college showcase at DMACC in October.