A new dean in town

Vice Principal Tremain Holloway discusses the tasks the Dean of Students will take responsibility for in RAHS with future Dean, Jacob Savishinsky.
Photo By: Chloe Cho

With Assistant Principal Tremain Holloway heading off to become a co-principal at Highline High School next year, RAHS is in need of a new administrator. That’s where Jacob Savishinsky, current RAHS literature and social studies teacher is stepping in. Savishinsky will be the Dean of Students for the 2018-2019 school year.
Savishinsky received confirmation of his new position on 9 May 2018 and immediately informed students of the change. He will be utilizing this position to fulfill an internship in administration through a program correlated with the Highline School District at Western Washington University.
“Ms. Tipton knew that I was in a graduate program to get my principal’s certificate,” said Savishinsky, “it was just the perfect combination of my need and the school’s need.”
Principal Therese Tipton plays a large part in figuring out what the Dean of Students will do to aid the school as needed.
“Off the top of my head, his biggest role will be really to support all of our students on campus [and to] help with academic support,” said Tipton. “We’ll do a lot of the tasks and responsibilities of really important work that the Assistant Principal Mr. Holloway did,” said Tipton. “Helping coordinate assessments, there’s always supervision type things, a lot of just really supportive roles.”
Even though the Dean of Students does not evaluate teachers as an Assistant Principal does, Tipton will give Savishinsky administrative tasks to provide him opportunities for experience in the field.
“He’ll also be learning a lot of things like budgeting and school management and attendance,” said Tipton, “just the myriad of things that school administrators do to support the whole community.”
The Dean of Students is a very flexible job so it allows Tipton to assign Savishinsky tasks which match the school’s current needs.
“One of the most important responsibilities is just to be available for unexpected needs that come up,” said Savishinsky.
Savishinsky will also be taking care of disciplinary needs and making plans for standardized testing.
“On a more practical level I will probably be handling a lot of discipline; what little discipline there is at this school will probably come my way,” said Savishinsky. “I will coordinate all of our annual testing, HBA, SBA, PSAT, SAT, [and] AP tests.”
Savishinsky believes that being Dean of Students will improve his managerial skills and give him a foundation of knowledge for a future job in administration.
“It’s a great opportunity to learn a lot of what I need to learn about being an administrator and getting a chance to [do] things I’ve never done,” said Savishinsky.
The reason why the assistant principal’s position is not being filled by another assistant principal is simple: RAHS does not have enough financial support to pay for one.
“With [Holloway’s] departure, we weren’t funded here for another assistant principal, we were only funded for the Dean of Students position,” said Savishinsky.
Currently as a full time teacher and a full time student, Savishinsky has a lot on his plate. Next year, however, becoming Dean of Students will help Savishinsky fulfill his requirements for his internship in administration, meaning that instead of being an administrator, a full time student, and an intern, he will only have to be an administrator and a full time student.
“A lot of the work the Dean of Students does is work I need to do for my administrative certificate anyway,” said Savishinsky, “so the school benefits from me needing to do that work on the schools behalf and I benefit because instead of working three jobs I only have to work two.”
Savishinsky wants students to know that this is his first experience with an administrative role and he wants to keep those connections with his prior students.
“I do want everyone to know that this is a learning position for me,” said Savishinsky. “I’m not coming in here as the master of this role [and] I hope people will both support and forgive me.”
Savishinsky wanted to depart from his teaching role with students knowing that the decisions he makes as Dean of Students will be made be because he genuinely cares about the school.
“I’m bound to make some mistakes and I hope people can see that I’m doing what I’m doing and making the choices that I make because I love this school and I really want what’s best for it,” said Savishinsky.

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