For his outstanding contributions as a Principal, James is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Joseph Petro of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
James Sweany was a teacher’s principal. He had been a teacher for six years at Hollywood Central. He became the founding principal of Oakridge Elementary School, “Little acorn-mighty oak.” An informal history of the school points out, “…this history is dedicated to the man whose spirit and foresight has guided, and continues to guide, Oakridge through all of its years of outstanding growth and services: James A. Sweany, 1974.”
Sweany was an innovator and trailblazer, who loved children and considered children and staff his family. He showed this by his respect and concern for everyone. He had an “open door” policy and always took time to listen. Oakridge was a leader in innovative education in Broward County, Florida. Under Sweany’s leadership, the school and community pioneered outstanding and award worthy programs, such as regular and special education programs. Children were always his first priority. His teachers, staff, and community loved him. The growth of Oakridge is a mark of his leadership. It stands as a memorial to his efforts on behalf of children.
A man of vision, James Sweany was always first a teacher, with a teacher’s concern and love for others. James Sweany was a teacher and principal for twenty-seven years.