National Organization Honors John Haynal

John Haynal

Note: This following news release was originally posted on the CCSD Newsroom page.

John Haynal, who serves as principal of Dr. C. Owen Roundy Elementary School, Vegas Verdes Elementary School and Elaine Wynn Elementary School in the Clark County School District (CCSD), has been selected as Nevada's National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). Haynal was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process. The NAESP program recognizes and celebrates elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and employees in their learning communities.

Haynal's role as principal of three schools is part of CCSD's Franchise School program, which started in 2015. The program assigns a successful principal who has demonstrated academic growth and achievement to supervise one or more additional Franchise Schools using the same or similar practices that have led to their success. At Haynal's schools, all employees are held responsible for maintaining a high level of quality in the educational environment. Under his leadership, Roundy Elementary School went from a 2-Star school to a 4-Star school in two years. Haynal also has kept the number of teacher vacancies at his schools extremely low, largely through effective recruiting efforts and referrals from existing staff members.

"At the helm of every successful school is a successful principal," said NAESP Executive Director Gail Connelly. "Our National Distinguished Principals program provides us with an opportunity to recognize the outstanding leadership of these principals and their commitment to creating successful learning communities. Because of them, students thrive academically, teachers grow professionally and communities are strengthened."

CCSD Chief Student Achievement Officer Dr. Mike Barton said, "Mr. Haynal clearly meets and exceeds the criteria established by the NAESP to receive this prestigious honor. He is committed to excellence, he has programs that meet the academic and social needs of all his students, and he has firm ties to parents and the community. CCSD is extremely proud of Mr. Haynal and all that he does for our students."

In October, Haynal will travel to Washington, D.C., for two days of activities planned to honor and bring recognition to the elementary and middle-level educators chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.