New Ivywild principal
Bailey sees chance to ‘make a difference’

       Last school year, Libby Bailey was back home, a principal in the academically successful Lewis-Palmer School District 38 from which she had graduated some years before.
       She was fine with all that, but then came the opening she had been waiting for. Ivywild, a District 11 school at the needier end of the success scale, needed a principal with the retirement of Joe Madril.
       “There are lots of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of kids down here,” Bailey told the Westside Pioneer this week, when asked why she sought the job. “There are many things you can do with staff development, really focusing on kids' learning and doing what it takes to make kids successful.”
       She said her school will take “100 percent responsibility for whether kids learn.”
       One of the keys will be learning the ways that individual students learn and gearing the teaching process to them, “rather than standing in front of kids and saying, 'If you get it, you get it,'” Bailey said. “I want a sense of belonging here with the kids and staff, so they'll know that we care about them and want them to be successful while they're here.”
       Ivywild, located on Cascade Avenue south of Brookside Street, is the only K-8 school in the district. Last year, 81 percent of its enrollment qualified for free or reduced meals under the federal Title 1 program (the highest on the Westside). The Colorado Stu-dent Assess-ment Program (CSAP) test scores have been not been high. In an interview on his retirement, Madrill spoke of the educational challenges resulting from an area with highly transient households.
       Before her year at Kilmer Elementary in D-38, Bailey had been a principal for five years at Highland Middle School in Ault, Colo., north of Greeley. She has been in education as a teacher or administrator since 1994. She holds a bachelor's degree in human development and family studies, a masters in elementary education and is working on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.
       She said that she has met with Madril “a lot of times” to get a better feel for her new school.

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