By now, we all know that Rock Creek is soon going to lose, arguably, its greatest asset. After many decades of not only being a principal, but also being a math teacher, Dennis Post has decided to retire at the end of this year. Post has been teaching a great many years and has been at Rock Creek for 20 years. But while Post is polishing his nine-iron in preparation for a life on the golf course, many of the staff and students are wondering what will become of Rock Creek in his absence.
From a student’s perspective, the change in leadership is more symbolic than anything else. While most students truly will miss Post, they probably do not understand just how much he does for all of us. Post is not just a figurehead; he is a true leader. He comes in every day prepared to do whatever may be necessary to make sure that we all have the best experience possible. Finding a new principal who holds the same passion for this school as Post does will be no easy task. As a senior, I have the right to say I do not have to worry about it all since I will not be here next year. No matter how much I say that, however, I cannot seem to convince myself that it really does not matter. I have attended USD 323 my entire life, and as a result, Rock Creek has become a huge part of my life and with it, Post.
I could only imagine that whatever fears or concerns we, as students, may have, can only be doubled with the staff. While we will be losing our leader, the staff is also losing their boss. As a rule, a workplace tends to reflect the character of its leader. When Post leaves, the atmosphere that has been around for 20 years will leave with him. It must be incredibly nerve-racking to be left to wonder how much one’s place of employment may change. Staff members are carrying a great burden in all of this, because, like students, they are all losing a friend, but also they are losing a boss. What I think all staff members need to keep in mind is that while Post may be leaving physically, his ideals will remain in place for a long time to come. While it may be true that Rock Creek will certainly change, I am confident Post will still be there for all of us when we need him.
Finally, I have a message for all of the people in charge of finding a replacement for Post. Remember what we are. We are a school, and a school is tasked with cultivating the minds of its students. If the principle is the head of all this work, isn’t it only natural to allow the students to have some input? I was glad to see that there are, in fact, plans to have students both high school and junior high to be on the committee that will end up screening potential candidates. To me, this proves that the board of education really is trying to get the student’s perspectives, which I am sure many of us greatly appreciate.
What everybody needs to keep in mind as we go through this transition is, that while we may be losing a truly amazing leader, if we all work together I am confident that we will all survive this and come out of it stronger than ever before.
By Devin Muir, Newspaper Editor in Chief