Anness resigns as Boyle County High School principal

March 04, 2004|GARY MOYERS

Kerry Anness, principal at Boyle County High School, announced his resignation from that position Wednesday. It will take effect at the end of the current school year.

In his second year in the position, Anness said there was no single reason for the announcement, but wrote in a statement he feels it is time to step aside to "allow new instructional leadership to take over at BCHS for staff and students."

Superintendent Pam Rogers announced Anness' resignation "with regret," and said the district will miss him.

"We appreciate his many years of service to our high school and this district, and we wish him well in his future endeavors," she said.

Anness explained his decision by prefacing it with the statement, "I have been considering this for some time. It is not a reaction to any recent event. I just feel I need to go in a different direction."


By way of explanation, he offered the following statement:

"The instructional leadership of today's high schools is a complex issue. The principal's leadership style must complement and meet with that of district leadership. Out of the need and respect for the desired instructional leadership of Boyle County schools, it is in the best interest of all concerned that I resign my position as principal of BCHS. I say this respectfully and sincerely without any intention to discredit anyone. Boyle County schools have an excellent reputation statewide and I am proud that I was allowed to be a part of this system for half my life. When I leave in June of this year I will have spent 27 of my 54 years at Boyle County High School, and I am proud of that and will always be a Boyle County Rebel."

Anness alluded to philosophical differences with the administration in his statement, but declined to elaborate.

"It is apparent to me at this time I need to step aside and allow new instructional leadership to take over at BCHS for staff and students," he said. "BCHS should have no trouble attracting candidates for this position. The staff and students are the absolute best one will find in this state. I will certainly miss the staff. Believe me when I say they are there for the students and will do whatever is necessary to ensure their success. It's unbelievable how that staff connects with the students and each other.

"Just as in any family we have our disagreements, but we are never disagreeable," said Anness. "Outside my immediate family, they are the most loving, compassionate and supportive group of people that I have ever had the pleasure to be associated with. Schools are about people - we must never forget that."

Rogers said Anness has made a major impact on the school during his tenure there.

"Over the past two years under Mr. Anness' supervision, a number of changes have been implemented to improve the learning environment at Boyle County High School," she said in a statement. "Teachers have become more engaged in decision making through a new, four-committee, site-based decision making structure, across the curriculum common planning meetings for teachers were held this year every other Friday to study instructional practices, and more attention has been devoted to student behavior management under Kerry's watch."

Anness began his teaching career as industrial arts instructor at BCHS in 1972, and was named assistant principal in 1997. After serving in that capacity for four years, he served as principal at Mercer County High School for two years. After a two-year stint in the private sector, he accepted the principalship at Boyle County High School in 2002.

He did not rule out remaining in education after his tenure at Boyle County High School ends.

"My plans are to finish this school year with the same enthusiasm and dedication that I've always tried to maintain and seek employment elsewhere," he said. "I'm keeping my options open. I love education. It's been my life since I was 22 years old, and I feel I've made positive contributions and had positive effects on people."

Rogers pointed to the timing of Anness' decision as one made to aid the system in finding his replacement.

"He announces his decision at this time to allow us to move ahead in a timely fashion with the principal selection process," she said.

The district will post the vacancy in 30 days.

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