Featured C-TLC Fellow: Transforming a School with Jim O’Rourke, Principal, Hillsboro-Deering High School

By Will Foley, CEI Intern

When Principal O’Rourke took charge of Hillsboro-Deering High School in New Hampshire, he saw the inherent potential of the community he was joining. The school cycled through five principals over the course of five years. A talented staff was demotivated, students weren’t proud, and test scores were low. But Jim saw something else. He saw excellent teaching, an active student body, and a community ready to support the school. Jim’s first priority was total community engagement. “We all wanted the same thing: to do better,” he says. Hillsboro-Deering has done just that.  Read more .