By Leah Schmalz
John LeGrand is in a unique position as he makes the transition from principal of Bain Elementary to principal of Butler High School. Some of the students who attended Bain Elementary during his first year in 2008 are now freshmen and sophomores at Butler. “Each class going forward for the next several years will have the kids that I worked with here at Bain also. There’s a familiarity factor there that’s going to make this transition much easier for me,” he said.
LeGrand has served as principal of Bain Elementary for six years. This year he was named Principal of the Year in the East Learning Community, a zone that includes schools like Independence, Butler and Bain.
He said he has “loved every minute” of his time at Bain. However, when the administrative position opened up at Butler High School, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to apply. “I’m being completely honest when I say it’s really bittersweet for me because…I’ve put so much into this school and I love the people who work here,” he said.
His two children attend Bain as well, making the job even more personal for him. “It’s been an awesome experience for me here. I knew the better I made this school, I made it not only better for everybody else’s kids, I made it better for my kids as well,” he said. “Not too many times do you get to be your child’s principal.”
This won’t be LeGrand’s first time working at the high school level. He served as the assistant principal at Independence High School for two years before coming to Bain. He’s excited for the chance to work at a school that he considers to be “well-rounded.”
“I’m humbled and honored that I would be selected to lead such an outstanding school with such a strong reputation,” he said. “I know the amazing achievements they’ve had academically and athletically.”
Right now LeGrand splits his days between Bain and Butler while the school finds a candidate to take his place. He said he doesn’t mind the extra commitment because he understands the importance of finding a qualified replacement.
“I want to thank everybody who has supported me and worked with me here at Bain over the last six years. It’s been a very enjoyable experience,” he said. “It’s a better place now than it was when I got here six years ago and it was already a good place then. We as a collective group- the parents, the students and the staff- have been able to work together to make it an even better place to learn for our kids.”