Highland School Superintendent Resigns

Already lacking one member of its administrative staff following the passing of elementary principal Teresa Blum, the Highland School system will find itself short another in February.

In a meeting with faculty and staff following the school on Wednesday, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Schott made this announcement.

“The last eight years have been great here. Like I said, there’s no simple way for me to say this, so I’m just going to say it – I have resigned. My last day at work will be February 18th.”

“I’m going to stay professional with the whole thing, and just say it’s time for me to go – that’s all I’m going to say. I’d appreciate it if you didn’t poke me about it, like I say, we’re going to leave it at that – it’s just time for me to go.”

“That’s all I really wanted to tell you. Like I said, there’s no easy way to say this – like I said, I love the people I work with, I love the community – it’s just time.”

When reached for comment, Highland School Board Chair Kenny Hodges and vice-chair Sherry Sullenberger both underscored the difficulty of dealing with this additional development in addition to the already pending tasks. Board member Joe Neil commented that he was sorry Dr. Schott had resigned.

The Board will likely address potential solutions at a work session planned for January 27th. This will add to an already full agenda of items tabled at their last regular meeting, including the hiring of an elementary principal, salary levels and stipends for the upcoming school year, and the review of several school system policies. The work session is planned for 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria, with a regular business meeting to follow to take action on items if necessary.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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