Sumner’s “Turnaround” a Work in Progress

SULLIVAN — It’s “Tiger Tuesday” at Sumner Memorial High School and Principal Tom Wissink’s computer-generated tiger growl booms through the building.

The weekly event recognizes student and staff achievements and good works. One student earned a roar recently for administering the Heimlich maneuver for a classmate who was choking.

The idea is to promote an upbeat atmosphere, which is much needed at a school left reeling last year after being told it was one of the 10 most persistently low-achieving schools in the state.

In exchange for receiving a $1.7-million federal School Improvement Grant, the Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board had to agree to replace the principal — Mike Eastman — as well as take other measures.

Eastman is now principal at the Peninsula School, an elementary and middle school in Gouldsboro.

Wissink, an assistant principal at a large, urban school in Oshkosh, Wis., was hired to replace Eastman.

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