In case you and the supplement are not on the same page, it is impossible to be an effective school principal at your point. It is essential that you always understand what their expectations are. The superintendent is your direct boss. Even in case you do not entirely agree with them what they say goes. Having a strong working relationship with your superintendent can only help you be a successful principal. Create a plan of attack. You will be overwhelmed! There is no way around it.  There is much more than you could have possibly imagined although you might think you know how much there is to do. The only way to sift through all the tasks that it takes to get ready and get through your first year is to sit down and create a plan of what you are going to do. Prioritizing is essential. Create a check list of all the things you need to do and set a time table of when they need to be completed. Take advantage of the time you have when no students are around because the likely hood of a schedule working is highly unlikely once they factor into the equation.

A first year school principal

Organization is key. There is no way you can be an effective principal in case you do not have exceptional organization skills. There are so much many facets of the job that you can create confusion not only with yourself but if you are not organized, those you are supposed to be leading. Being unorganized creates chaos and chaos in a school setting especially from a person in a position of leadership can only lead a disaster. This one can make or break you as a principal. You do not have to be every teachers best friend, but it is critical that you earn their respect. Take the time to get to know each of them personally, find out what they expect from you, and let them know your expectations early. Build a solid foundation for a solid working relationship early and most importantly back your teachers unless it is impossible not to. Get to know your support staff. These are the people behind the scenes who do not get enough credit, but essentially run the school. The administrative assistants, maintenance, custodians, and cafeteria personnel often know more about what is going on with the school than anyone else. They are also the people whom you rely on to make sure the daily operations run smooth. Spend time getting to know them. Every school and community is different. They have different standards, traditions, and expectations. Change a long standing event such as the  programs for Christmas and you will get patrons knocking down your door. Instead of creating additional problems for yourself embrace these traditions. Create a committee of parents, community members, and students in case it does become necessary at some point to make a change. Explain your side to the committee.