Big Walnut High School is losing its principal and assistant principal.
Last Sunday, Big Walnut High Principal Jeff Jones announced that he and his assistant principal, Bridgette Firstenberger, are leaving the school district.
“It is with mixed emotions that I am informing everyone that I will be leaving to take the principal’s position at Beavercreek High School near Dayton,” Jones said.
“It has been a pleasure to serve the students and staff at Big Walnut, as the community here is invested in its schools, as shown by the overwhelming support of our levy efforts in May, but day in and day out in the classrooms at Big Walnut High School. It truly is a good place for kids to go to school.”
Jones said that Firstenberger has been selected by her father’s alma mater, Lakewood High School in Cleveland, to take the reins as assistant principal in one of its three houses that make up the overall high school.
“It is a homecoming for Bridgette, as she will be able to be near her parents and family while continuing her growth as an administrator,” Jones wrote. “Her dedication to the staff and students at the high school will be missed. We wish her luck in her new assignment.”
Jones added: “Thank you to everyone for their support in these past two years, and I know the next leader will be in good hands with everyone’s leadership, inspiration, and guidance of our students and community.”
Big Walnut Superintendent Angie Pollock said the school district appreciates Jones’ and Firstenberger’s work with high school students and staff and wishes them well in their new ventures.
“We have posted for their replacements and plan to use a process in selecting the principal that is similar to the one that we have used previously to select building administrators,” Pollock said. “This process will include an opportunity for students, parents and staff members to provide input on the final candidates before a selection is made.”
Pollock said the district would organize groups of stakeholders to participate in the interviews, as the central office and board of education members begin to screen candidates.
“We will also be meeting with the high school faculty Principal Advisory Committee and members of student council to discuss the vision and direction that we are seeking in our next leader,” Pollock said.