Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2007

LHS assistant principal leaving

May 24, 2007

Mike Bogard, assistant principal at Lansing High School, has spent a life in education and though he is retiring from the school this week, he'll continue the path he started in McLouth.

His high school band director served as an inspiration in Bogard's life.

"Once I left high school I knew what I wanted to do," he said.

Mike Bogard

Mike Bogard

The then-woodwind player became a band director and was for 19 years.

Bogard said he saw the impact his director had on students even outside of school and music. He still talks to his director, he said.

Such interaction with students and being able to develop a closer relationship with them is what drew him to three schools in Nebraska and Kansas to serve as band director.

It was after six years at the third school, Garden City High, that he began a transition into administration, which he said didn't appeal to him at first.

"I tell my peers I couldn't play the fight song anymore," he said with a smile. "When you teach a long time, you get stuck on a lot of committees and school leadership roles, which transitioned into school administration."

Bogard had to become the disciplinarian instead of the interactive mentor.

"In the classroom, the teacher kind of controls their world," he said. "As assistant principal, I don't know what will happen, I have to react."

He said it's amazing that on any given day something can happen in the school that hasn't happened to him in his 28 years in education.

As an assistant principal first at Lansing Middle School and then LHS, Bogard said, "I want kids to understand I'm disciplining their behavior, not them personally. It doesn't always work because kids don't see it that way."

LHS principal Steve Dike said he, Bogard and Gary Mattingly, activities director, all arrived at the school at the same time, which allowed them to form a "tight group" that he'll be sad to see change.

"I'm very happy for him, he's an outstanding educator and he's going to be very successful in this endeavor," Dike said. "At the same time, I'm disappointed that all good things come to an end. He's been a very consistent support for the entire building. Some things in life end up being bittersweet, but in the long run I think this will be a great thing for him."

Bogard, father of five, will become the assistant principal at McLouth High School, which is half the size of LHS, he said. He will be more involved with the curriculum there.

"I like challenging myself and doing different things," he said. "It's about opening yourself up to new ideas and experiences."


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