By Erica Thomas, managing editor
CENTER POINT — Two principals in the Center Point area went above and beyond their job descriptions early Tuesday morning.
Center Point High School’s Van Phillips and Erwin Intermediate School’s Kirsten Logan-Marshall responded to an apartment fire at Parkway Villa. Principal Phillips said it’s always important for school leaders to let students and parents know they truly care.
“We feel we are a community school and it’s more than just reading, writing and arithmetic,” said Phillips. “It’s about relationships and if one of our children experiences some type of loss, we are going to be there to let the family know we support them and we’re going to do whatever we can to make things better.”
Thankfully, the apartment building was vacant and no students lost their home.
Phillips said he always tries to be there for students in any type of tragic situation.
Center Point Fire and Rescue Chief Gene Coleman said he is thankful for the dedicated educators.
“It shows kids are more than just a student in a classroom for them,” said Coleman. “It helps us, too! If we would’ve had missing or injured children, then he could’ve given me more information. It means a lot when we have something going on and nobody requires them to do that.”