A familiar face will be returning to Wilson Central High School this fall, as Travis Mayfield will return as Principal of the school.
“There is a strong sense of community and pride in this school,” said Mayfield who held the position from 2006-2010. He was the Assistant Principal in 2005 after moving from Oklahoma. The last four years, he was at Williamson County School, so he could be at the school his two older children attended. Now, his two younger children attend Southside Elementary, where his wife also works.
“Wilson County is where we always have been,” said Mayfield.
Mayfield was introduced to the faculty and staff the last day of school, and has had one admin day with them, so he is still getting to know everyone he didn’t know from his time before at the school. He said that he has been told that the school has a great bunch of students, and previous Principal Pat Suddarth praised the faculty.
“I’m looking forward to working with them,” said Mayfield.
Mayfield said he aims to maintain the strong points about Central, like a 97 percent graduation rate, and keep improving different areas.
“You always can improve,” said Mayfield.
Mayfield said there will be a strong emphasis on core academic areas this year because of new assessment practices, so Math and English will be stressed. He said many of the assessments will be writing based, so the strong focus on English will help students excel in multiple areas. He also wants to make ACT prep a big priority for the school, so the school can continue to improve on their scores.
Mayfield said he considers himself a student-centered principal, and likes to be approachable to anyone who has a concern or needs his help. He plans to have an open house early in the year with all the teachers to allow parents to come meet their children’s teachers, as well as the administration. That will be announced early in the next school year.