“I’m a machine,” Pascagoula-Gautier School District Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said Thursday after completing a challenge he set for himself.
His goal was to visit every classroom in the district on the first day of school. That’s about 500 classrooms in 19 schools.
“I chose the first day of school because I think it’s very important for the students to see me, to know who I am,” he said.
He started his day at Martin Bluff Elementary in North Gautier at 7:30 a.m. His last stop was Trent Lott Academy in Pascagoula at 2 p.m., about 6 1/2 hours later.
He averaged just under one minute for each classroom.
He said it felt like he was giving a standup comedy routine at times.
“It’s hard to tell how the students are going to react. Some laugh, some don’t say anything,” he said.
The meet-and-greets are for him to introduce himself to district teachers and staff, too.
“It’s not just for the students,” he said. “I want the teachers to know how important they are to us. They’re the ones doing the true work.”
Rodolfich said he didn’t take any breaks, but picked up some Popeye’s chicken afterward.
“I heard that opens up the heart and arteries,” he said.