For a principal it simply means turning the page and starting over again, although the end of the school year is an exciting time for students and teachers looking forward to some time off. A principal’s job is never over and a good principal will use the end of the school year to search for and make improvements for the upcoming school year. The following are suggestions for principals to do at the end of the school year. A principal will sit down and do a comprehensive reflection on the entire school year as a whole at some point. They will look for things that worked really well, things that did not work at all, and things they can improve on. The truth is that year in and year out there is room for improvement. A good administrator will search for areas of improvement constantly. A good administrator will start implementing changes to make those improvements for the upcoming school year as soon as the school year ends. It is highly recommended that a principal keep a notebook with them so that they can jot down ideas and suggestions for review at the end of the year. This will assist you in the reflecting process and can give you fresher perspective on what has transpired throughout the school year.

End of the school year checklist for principals

Reviewing of policies and procedures can be a part of your overall reflection process, but a focus needs to be given specifically to your student handbook. The handbook should be a living document and one that changes and improves on a continual basis. It seems that every year there are new issues that you have never had to address before. New policies are needed to take care of these new issues. Having the right policy in place can save you a lot of trouble down the road. The teacher evaluation process is one of the most important jobs of a school administrator. Having excellent teachers in every classroom is essential to maximize student potential.  I always feel it is important to sit down with them before they go home for the summer to give them feedback and to get feedback from them as well although I have already formally evaluated my teachers and given them feedback by the end of the school year. It is equally important to praise each teacher and staff member for their hard work. It would be impossible for a school to be effective without each person pulling their weight. Most principals have several committees that they rely on for assistance with certain tasks and/or specific areas. These committees often have valuable insight within that specific area.  It is always good to meet with them a final time before the school year is up although  they meet throughout the year as needed. This final meeting should target specific areas such as how to improve the committee’s effectiveness, what the committee should work on next year, and any final thing the committee might see needs immediate improvement before the upcoming school year.