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New Liberty principal strives to improve high school

New Liberty principal strives to improve high school

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The new leader of Liberty High School says his mission is to improve academic excellence.

Harrison Bailey, III left Parkland High after 11 years and says he's ready to connect students and alumni in Bethlehem.

Many people know Harrison Bailey, III as the educator who dominated the Celtic Classic games in Bethlehem.

He won the games in 2006, and as he walks the halls of Liberty High School Bailey says he knows the principal job will be tough.

"We have 2,800 students," said Bailey. "You're running a small city."

Bailey says he took the job at Liberty because of the sense of community at the school.

He wants to start working on improving communication with students, families and the community.

He also wants teachers to start thinking out of the box.

"In the world of education we've done things almost the same way for a very long period of time," added Bailey.  "We've educated students in a way that hasn't changed that much over time."

While there is emphasis on communicating with the students that currently go to Liberty.

Bailey wants to communicate with some other students as well, the alumni.

"We want to create avenues for partnerships, for internships, alternative funding streams to do programming," said Bailey.  "And I want to get the alumni of Liberty high school reconnected."

In the months to come, Bailey says he and his staff are going to try and help students find their purpose.

"Help them buy in to say this is what I want to do and make it to relevant their lives and at the same time create a relationship with them.  I think you're going to reach a lot of kids," he said.

He feels he can do that and make Liberty a leading example in the community.

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