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  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Michael Nutter, President of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, fist knocks with Holland Elementary School kindergartner Cisco Castillo while touring the school with principal John Ankenbruck . Nutter was principal for the day at Holland Elementary School Thursday.

  • Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette Michael Nutter, President of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, fist knocks with Holland Elementary School kindergartner Cisco Castillo while touring the school with principal John Ankenbruck . Nutter was principal for the day at Holland Elementary School Thursday.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 3:30 pm

Principals step aside

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Principals across Fort Wayne figuratively stepped aside today so that others in the community – including the TinCaps president, state legislators and business leaders  could take charge  if only for a few hours.

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson said she enjoys showing off the schools' happenings.

"Principal for a Day takes it to an extreme with guests in every single building on the same day," she said in a statement. "Our guests are often surprised by what they see because schools are so different today than when they attended school."

Phillip Colglazier, the Civic Theatre's executive artistic director, followed South Wayne Elementary School Principal Brenda West's lead as he monitored the cafeteria at lunchtime.

At her behest, he held up two fingers, indicating to a table of students that it was time to stand up.

"OK, now three," West instructed, later explaining that hand signal tells students they may walk toward the trash can and dispose of their waste.

The system, Colglazier later said, is "much more organized than when I was in school." 

For more on this story, read Friday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Friday.

asloboda@jg.net