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As a New Hanover taxpayer, I am thankful that Bladen County allowed our school system to get our hands on Mr. Finn, our new principal at New Hanover High. It is interesting to see the change in our children's school already, and the ironic thing is that Mr. Finn has said on the record that he wants to approach NHHS like he approached West he had to be pretty good there. At first we were skeptical because what would he know about a big school, no offense to Bladen County. But it didnt matter. Things are not perfect, and I don't think there is a such thing. But if the school that I drop my children off at each day is any indication as to how West Bladen was when Mr. Finn was there, we owe Bladen County a big THANK YOU. I was never one to believe that a principal could make such a difference, but when my children come home with smiles on their faces, excitement about the next day, good grades and a fresh outlook on life, I can see where a new principal can really make a big difference. I hope upon hope that Bladen County is able to right the ship because all kids deserve a great school to go to. All schools probably have kids who are in gangs, and ours is no different I am sure. But I am beginning to believe it is the way the principal addresses the kids and these issues that makes or breaks a school. We are thankful for Mr. Finn, and if Bladen County taught him what he is doing for us, we owe Bladen a thank you, as well.


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