Barrett was appointed Executive Principal February 20 to lead East High into its transition into an admission-by-application-only optional (magnet) school using the transportation industry as a focus for a science, technology, engineering, and math oriented curriculum, or T-STEM for short.
Both schools will also have interim principals overseeing day to day operations.
"I'm over at the school [East High] almost every day and I look at the kids and that's what it's about, it's about children.
And so when I look at things that to me are daunting or that are scary, I have to remind myself that those are people that live there, that attend that school.
So who am I just to stand back and say, oh, that's scary what they have to deal with. They wake up, they go to school there and if I don't embrace that with my whole heart and see them as more than a number then I'll stay in that place of fear and I refuse to because when I see them I see children.
Barrett says she has a four pronged plan to reach out beyond the school, a plan she said she would reveal at a later date. I think the work that needs to be done is work that has to occur outside the four walls.
"The plight of East High is larger than what is in those four walls. I have sort of, and I'll discuss it later, a plan to look at what those scaffolding things should look like, you know, within the community because we can't do it by ourselves.
It is not known whether the lower number now being used repeatedly by various sources represents an actual pull back by some outfits or, probably more likely, a more realistic assessment of what kind of support an entity is likely to give.
With the broader approach, Barrett emphatically proclaims, "I believe in wrap around services!
Barrett thinks the wider scope of services should extend beyond the East High families.
" I believe reaching to the middle schools that should feed East.
Exclusive by The East High Alumni Page April 7, 2017 - "Of course, right now, when I look at the data, when I look at the numbers, it's daunting, downright scary. So I put the numbers to the side then I just look at the people, " says East High's Executive Principal Lischa Barrett ('91), now Lischa Brooks.