Benny Bolden, R. Franklin Nims Middle School Principal, Named Leon County Schools April Principal of the Month

On Wednesday, April 13 Benny Bolden, R. Franklin Nims Middle School Principal, was announced as the April Leon County Schools Principal of the Month by Leon County School Representative and former Chiles High School Principal, Alan Cox, during the monthly Principals Meeting at The Howell Center. The announcement comes after Principal Bolden launched the school’s first Pre-Law Magnetic Program which serves as a one-of-a-kind concept-based program in North Florida. 

“I was so impressed by the number of dignitaries you had at Nims Middle School celebrating the Pre-Law Magnetic Program’s success,” said Alan Cox during the award presentation. “I could have listened to you all day. You tell a great message with such enthusiasm.”

The Pre-Law Magnetic Program, in partnership with FSU Cares, is announcing its third class of thirty-one students in the Summer of 2022. The 2022-2023 school year will be the first year the school has secured three full classes. 

Recently the Pre-Law Magnet Program students took a trip to Washington D.C. where they stood on the steps of the Senate Chambers and watched along as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was celebrated for her nomination as the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court. “These experiences are crucial and our “vision” is generated through the core believe that this knowledge is an essential component for continued sustainability and is vital to modern education,” said Principal Bolden. 

Principal Bolden has served as Principal of Nims Middle School for four years and has worked tirelessly with his faculty and staff to foster a learning community of growth and compassion. During his time as Principal, Nims has increased enrollment every single year and is only one of two Leon County schools that increased enrollment during COVID-19.

“Thank you so much Scott & Wallace for this wonderful tribute to myself. This is a representative of not only me but all of the faculty, staff, and students of our Nims Middle School where we believe in care, hope, and love,” said Principal Bolden.” 

With 30 principals honored to date through the Scott & Wallace sponsorship, Leon County Schools Superintendent Hanna selects a monthly winner based on numerous criteria, including leadership, resiliency, morale, school beautification, and more.

Our Leon County Principals spend so much time building others up, the Principal of the Month Award came about as our opportunity at the district level, to build the Principals up and recognize achievements, because there are many,” said Superintendent Hanna.

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