Earlier this month, Scott Long moved across the office, down the hall, and into his new job at Solanco High.
He brings with him a vision for the school's future and plans to turn that vision into reality.
"We need to do a better job with college and career readiness," he said. "We need to get kids ready for what they're going to do after high school. "College is not the be-all and end-all. We need to work with CTC [the county's vocational schools] as well as our own training here."
The school is adding two new courses this year to help students gain experience in possible career fields.
"We've added a course in robotics. It's our first in that field and Todd Brown developed the curriculum and will be teaching it," the principal said.
There will also be a new advanced placement course in computers. There will be two sections of that class and both are already filled.
Both courses have enrolled a mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
Students will start exploring possible career fields in their freshman year. "We need to start giving experience in the ninth grade," Long said.
The faculty will also be working on a new system that will assign each student a teacher-mentor, a relationship that will last for four years.
"We want to be able to connect each student with a staff member and have them develop a relationship so the teacher can help guide that student's career decisions," Long said.
When the program begins to operate, the pairing will begin in the ninth grade and the student will work with the same teacher for all four years.
As the students and teachers build rapport, they will also help develop a support system that extends beyond the school day.
"We began working with Rachel's Challenge last year and will do it again this year," Long said. Rachel's Challenge is a nonprofit developed by parents of a student killed in the Columbine, Colorado, high school shootings 20 years ago.
"Last year, our students got very involved and the program is student-led at Solanco. The students want to make sure everyone feels they belong," Long said.
This year, Rachel's Challenge will also work with the community, holding a public meeting on September 11.
The faculty will continue to work with students about the benefits and dangers of social media.
"That often extends well beyond the school day, but it affects our students and we need to work with that," Long said. "If we know a kid's struggling, we try to help and we work with kids about social media."
All of these changes will be subtle, the principal said.
"We are not trying to make changes in the school's culture," Long said. "We want to build in our culture and we will continue to focus on that."
Long, who has been the one of the school's assistant principals since 2015, replaces Stephanie Lininger. Lininger retired at the end of June.
Sara Parrish, who has been teaching at Smith Middle School, will be the high school's new assistant principal, joining assistant principal Rick Esche.
One of his early priorities has been hiring a new teacher needed to fill the faculty's only vacancy.
"We still need an English teacher and then we'll be fully staffed," he said. The school will have only three new teachers this fall, all of them experienced educators.
The school's only construction project, an expanded activities center that replaces the storm-damaged wrestling building, won't be completed until fall.