The West High site-based decision-making (SBDM) council met Tuesday to begin the process of selecting a new principal with still no official details available on the circumstances of their previous principal's departure.
Ed Jones had served six years as principal of the school. He was suspended with pay April 29 and was no longer the principal as of May 15. An open-records request from The Journal for the personnel actions acknowledged at Monday's school-board meeting is pending, but officials have given no details so far on the reason for the suspension or why Jones was no longer the principal.
Superintendent Lu Young, who is required by law to serve as chair of the school council for the purposes of principal selection, told the West High school council Tuesday that she wanted to move forward quickly with a selection and not appoint an interim principal for next year.
Young said she would have recommended an interim principal if the vacancy had occurred a month later but that she believed pursuing a permanent principal right now would be the “most important thing” for stability. Young said she hoped the council could name a new principal by June 24.