Article via The Tennessean:
Whether he’s keeping pace with the Nolensville Running Club or sipping coffee with parents at Mama’s Java, Bill Harlin has a busy year ahead of him.
Harlin will open and lead the county’s newest high school, Nolensville High School, next fall. He’s been tirelessly meeting with the Nolensville community for the past two months. The next step? Creating the school’s mission and vision.
From his home base at Sunset Middle School, Harlin shares the latest developments at Nolensville High:
What have you been up to?
I’ve been a little bit of a door-to-door salesman. Just introducing myself, trying to meet people on their turf. I’ve met with the Nolensville Lions Club, Nolensville Running Club, Nolensville Historical Society, mayor and aldermen of Nolensville, Nolensville business owners and had a coffee meet-up at Mama’s Java.
When the school is going and functioning, you don’t have the opportunity to reach out to communities like this.
What have you learned from the Nolensville community?
They’ve been a very proud community for a long time. They’ve developed a great identity — rooted in the past but forward and dynamic because they’re growing so quickly. People are really enamored with the charming history but also the forward thinking of the city. They really want a high school that reflects those particular values.
What’s your vision for the school?
It doesn’t need to be Bill Harlin’s mission and vision. The community will help develop the vision of the school.
Like every Williamson County principal, I certainly want to have outstanding academic programs. I want to thrive and excel in AP classes.
We also want to develop opportunities, or capitalize on what Nolensville truly has. This is anecdotal, but I feel like the businesses in this town are not chain-oriented. The business owners really want to have this relationship with people in marketing. We could create products the community is really proud of. For example, a broadcasting student could do a documentary on Nolensville history.
At some point, we’re going to begin working on the CTE (career and technical education) programs, things like aviation, aerospace engineering and culinary arts. We’re looking at networking with resources that may be outside of Williamson County, like partnering with universities.
What about sports?
We will have every sport that every high school has. We will play varsity in everything in the first year with the exception of football. In year two, we’ll have varsity in everything.
How do you envision Nolensville High’s relationship with the elementary and middle school?
(Nolensville High will share a campus with a new elementary and middle school.)
We are striving to seek a partnership. We want a K-12 continuum on our campus. We really want to build high level programs for students. We feel like we can start that early on, challenge kids as much as we can. Arts, academics and athletics — it will all be there.
What grades will enter the school next year?
We’ll start with the freshman and sophomore class and add a grade each year.
Where can people get the latest Nolensville High developments?
People can follow me up on Twitter @wcsNHS. Incoming parents and students receive automated emails and we’re developing a website.
To view this article on The Tennessean website, click here.