Principal resigns from Vail Christian High
Vail CO, Colorado
EDWARDS ” The principal of Vail Christian High School has suddenly resigned his position of less than one school year.
Tim Wong has asked the Board of Directors to accept his resignation, said Michael Mutter, vice chairperson of the Board of Directors. Changes at the growing school ” which moved into a new building in Edwards this school year ” prompted Wong’s resignation, Mutter said.
“The impression that we were given is that it’s a matter of growing pains,” Mutter said. “When you have so much change, people can react differently. Tim was having some trouble with it, and he will be missed by our family here at the school.”
Wong was unavailable for comment before deadline.
In the past year Wong has had to deal with moving into a new building, adjusting to operating new heating and technical systems, fundraising, bond applications and building a new gym; it’s not hard to imagine how some people would have trouble coping, Mutter said.
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Wong will make himself available to advise the interim principal, Mike King, Mutter said.
“The faculty and staff selected Mike to serve as interim principal because he is a life-long educator who will be able to lead us temporarily with confidence and help make this adjustment period smoother,” Mutter said.
The search for a principal will begin this week in the hopes a permanent replacement will be hired well before the beginning of the next school year, Mutter said.
Wong wasn’t the only one who cited the school’s rapid growth as their reason for leaving. Eileen Jacobs recently left her position in financial, recruitment and retention for the same reason, Mutter said.
Two teachers and the school counselor have also resigned for personal reasons, and another teacher has taken a leave of absence to have a baby, Mutter said.
“This is all coming at us kind of quickly and all at once,” Mutter said. “The school has had very, very little turnover for quite some time. We’re looking at this as an opportunity to define the principal’s role and create an action plan.”
Students and parents were informed of the staff changes via e-mail, and Mutter said they are “responding well” to the news and asking how they can help.
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