After the winter break, Ben Carson High School welcomed Sean Lively as its new principal following an extensive search. Lively has a vision to make Ben Carson the top high school in the district.
“I just saw an opportunity to give back to students, staff, and the community,” Lively said. “I saw this as a positive challenge to transform this school.”
Lively had many different roles before becoming principal at BCHS, including as a teacher and basketball coach. Before becoming principal, he was a dean at Munger Elementary Middle School. He was also the State of Michigan Director of Education Career Success, overseeing adult education.
“The most exciting part about being a principal of BCHS now is bringing as much energy as I can everyday to school, to staff and students and to make sure that their experience is a positive one,” Lively said.
Lively’s arrival has already made an impact, as students say school morale is rising.
“He seems to be a good principal, and I am glad he is here,” BCHS senior Bassam Alasari said.
BCHS junior Christian Ogburn agreed and said Lively seems eager to lead the school.
“He seems cool, really haven’t seen any flaws,” Ogburn said.
Lively said his goals are to raise test scores and turn BCHS into a testing school. He also is working on bringing athletics to BCHS.
“I think his energy is good for our school and we are off to a very strong start,” BCHS teacher Regina Weiss said.