Herron High School

Graduating to the next level

Challenge

Recognized as one of the nation’s top public high schools, Herron has grown steadily since it opened in 2006. As a result, its leadership recognized the need to strengthen its human resources function and forge a stronger relationship to its faculty and staff. At the same time, faced with the heavy demands and stresses of teaching at the school, team members and leadership were asking for a more vibrant well-being program. Unfortunately, as the school was working to address these matters, it found itself facing a morale problem … a problem exacerbated by the departure of an administrator who was well-liked and encouraging to colleagues.

Solution

To address these challenges, Herron and FirstPerson recognized the need for three different solutions working in concert: a very technical solution (implementing an internal HR function), a programmatic solution (development a of well-being program), and an employee-engagement solution (to address morale issues).

Recognized as one of the nation’s top public high schools, Herron has grown steadily since it opened in 2006.

—Juli Woodrum, Herron High School

Results

Herron Chief Financial Officer Juli Woodrum says the results of the plan FirstPerson helped the school develop and implement are apparent in a number of forms, but the greatest evidence came with the new energy and attitudes apparent in the school at the beginning of the school year. In short, things got off to a great start, she said. Faculty and staff have fully embraced the drive for improved morale, getting involved by creating team events and participating in mutual recognition programs. Still, the best part might be what hasn’t happened yet: Woodrum says she believes the changes and new levels of engagement will help the school weather future changes in benefits and continue to grow and strengthen.