By Rebekah Rae. CREATED Aug 11, 2014
Omaha, NE (KMTV) - The first day of school can be nerve racking for new students and new administrators. Millard South's principal, Heidi Weaver is getting over the jitters along side her students.
"Every school year brings nerves and excitement and true honor," Weaver is Millard South's new principal and first female to hold the position. She promises the school year to be rock solid and has even created a slogan to remind anyone who doubts her, "Our slogan for this year is, We're going to rock this year."
Weaver is no stranger to Millard South. She's worked at the high school since 1998. Was assistant principal during the 2011 shooting when a student shot and injured principal Curtis Case and killed assistant principal Vicki Kaspar before killing himself. Weaver remembers that day, "We all persevered, we are stronger because of it. I think everything in life teaches us a lesson and that was a lesson. Maybe, we don't understand why, but it was a lesson we learned and we're moving forward and continuing with our vision."
Her vision is all about improving the lives of students. "Keep the academic rigor up there. We're going to have an early college-high school here at Millard South and we're super proud to have that here." It will be the first program of its kind in the state of Nebraska.
The new program will allow students to gain college credits. They'll start earning credits as a freshman and continue to gain throughout their high school career. By the time students graduate, they'll have earned a diploma and a free associates degree from Metro Community College. Possible due to funds provided by the Millard Public schools foundation and Metro. "It's a great opportunity for all students."