Bullard will bring positive change to MLK
Nicole D. Watson | 8/23/2013, 6 a.m.
I just graduated from Martin Luther King Jr. High on May 25, 2013, and have spent all four of my high school years at MLK. I am off to college this Saturday and I am proud to say that I have graduated from MLK.
This summer, news spread quickly on social media that Mr. Kerby Bullard was the new principal for MLK. I must say that this was a shock to all, but I believe this is the best decision MLK has made. Being at MLK for four years, I have been through multiple principals and I have seen and experienced all the changes DeKalb County has put MLK through.
I must say that our academics are not the best in DeKalb, but that is because we don’t have stability. We would get new rules almost every month, new principals almost every year. MLK has suffered every year academically due to no stability. This is not the students’ fault.
During my years at MLK, I saw Mr. Bullard act in situations. My freshman year, my sister was a senior at MLK. An incident occurred that she broke her nose while at school. Mr. Bullard was the first to act on this situation. He looked at cameras, got the students who committed this act from class, called my parents and got student statements all in about 20 minutes.
He did have the help of other assistant principals and teachers, but one person who wasn’t there was the principal, Mr. Patrick. This shows that Mr. Bullard cared about the health of my sister as well as our family and our progress afterward. I have seen many situations at MLK, and Mr. Bullard would always be the one that would make sure everyone was OK.
Mr. Bullard has seen the troubles MLK has gone through. I know for a fact that he has a plan to make sure these troubles don’t reoccur. If they do, he has another plan that will handle that situation and make sure all parties involved will be treated fairly with consequences if needed. He has grown as an assistant principal standing next to all our principals. He knows the road he will have to take to help MLK become one of the best, academically successful schools in DeKalb County.
When Mr. Bullard was assistant principal, he connected with many troubled students, helped them get back on track, then continued to check on them. He knew some of the top students in each class. He would ask a teacher how these students were doing because he cared about the students and where we would end up at after high school.
I would be in the halls and he would come down the senior hall often to just check on multiple students to see if they were on track to graduate.
I often heard him say, “You have troubles? Come to my office today so we can talk.” They knew that Mr. Bullard wasn’t going to fix the situation, but they knew he would give them great advice to handle the situations they were going through.
Many of his changes won’t have overnight effect – they take time. Students will have to get used to new rules, new teachers, new administrators, but when these rules are strictly enforced consistently, they will know that academics is the main priority the MLK has – not sports.
With Mr. Bullard as principal, I see a positive change that students will adjust to. I believe that the parents of MLK don’t have a problem with Mr. Bullard, but that Mrs. Cunningham has a problem because he has no experience as a principal [CrossRoadsNews, Aug. 17].
Working with her last year on a couple of senior activities, I have noticed that she doesn’t like to give people a chance if they have no history. How can someone gain experience if everything they try to accomplish, someone is telling them they are not good enough?
Nicole D. Watson will be a freshman at the University of West Georgia.