(a) There is hereby established within the Center for Professional Development the "Principals Academy". Training through the Principals Academy shall include at least the following:
(1) Training designed to build within principals the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills that will be required of all principals pursuant to the rules of the state Board;
(2) Specialized training and professional development programs for all principals; and
(3) Specialized training and professional development programs for the following principals:
(A) Newly appointed principals;
(B) Principals whose schools have been designated as seriously impaired, which programs shall commence as soon as practicable following the designation;
(C) Principals subject to improvement plans; and
(D) Principals of schools with significantly different grade level configurations.
(b) The Legislature finds that the quality of the principal of a school is one of the most important factors in determining the academic achievement of students and that well-trained, highly qualified principals should be a priority for the state.
(b) The Legislature further finds that while the Principals Academy has been effective in training quality leaders for the state's public schools, the training provided is such a significant factor in determining their success that a new position is needed to coordinate and focus primarily on the Principals Academy to increase further the quality of the training.
(c) Therefore, from appropriations to the Center for Professional Development, the Center Board shall employ and fix the compensation of the Coordinator of the Principals Academy. The Coordinator serves at the will and pleasure of the Center Board. It is the duty of the Coordinator, subject to direction and oversight by the Center and the Chief Executive Officer, to lead the Principals Academy, to focus primarily on the Principals Academy and to make a continuous effort to enhance further the quality of the training and professional development programs of the Academy. The Center Board, the Chief Executive Officer, or both, may assign duties to the coordinator other than those that relate to the Principals Academy so long as the Coordinator is able to focus primarily on the Principals Academy.