Hoping to make big changes in his first year back at Glenn Hills High School, Wayne Frazier spent the first day zeroing in on the small stuff.
He had boys pulling their pants up, tucking in shirts and removing earrings. He and teachers were making sure hallways were cleared between classes. And in a tactic that Dr. Frazier says worked at his past jobs at the alternative school and Tubman Middle School, he let students know that anyone caught watching a fight will be suspended twice as long as those actually fighting.
Dr. Frazier said he's hoping to raise the graduation rate next year to 85 percent and make Adequate Yearly Progress under No Child Left Behind, which Glenn Hills didn't achieve the last four years.
"Students who are self-disciplined and who have structure for themselves, those are the ones who sail through academically," he said.