“I am very impressed,” he said. “I have been away from middle school forever and … it kind of touched my heart looking at the children learning and looking at what we are contributing. It is really rewarding.”
The dealership owner was one of 30 prominent local civic and business leaders Wednesday to get a firsthand lesson in education administration at school sites through Glendale Unified as part of the district’s Principal for a Day event.
Other participants included Glendale Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Mark Meyers, Hilton Hotel manager Joe Titizian and Glendale Fire Capt. Tom Marchant.
Now in its 19th year, Principal for a Day allows educators to build relationships with the wider community, said Susan Hunt, executive director of the Glendale Educational Foundation, which helps organize the school visits.
And it gives visitors a taste of the hard work that goes into building and maintaining world-class schools, organizers said.
“Education is part and parcel with community,” Hunt said. “It is an opportunity for business people to share, and for our principals to learn some different techniques of dealing with management situations.”
Glendale Unified in recent years has intensified efforts to cultivate ties with the city’s economic power brokers. Established in 2004, the Glendale Educational Foundation now raises tens of thousands of dollars for the district, much of it from local businesses such as Pacific BMW.
And the Yes on S campaign is actively seeking the support of Glendale Realtors and real estate brokers to pass a new $270-million school bond measure.
Livingston described to Lam how Measure S dollars would be put to use at Rosemont if it should pass on April 5.