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Eagle Point High loses third principal in two years

Eagle Point High School Principal Jenn Whitehead's resignation this week means the school district will have to search for a new principal for the third time in less than two years.

School district officials declined to discuss Whitehead's resignation or provide a copy of her letter, citing district personnel policy.

Human resources director Allen Barber said Whitehead would finish the school year, which ends June 14.

According to website schoolspring.com, District 9 posted Whitehead's job on May 27, offering applicants a salary range of between $100,728 and $119,056.

Whitehead served as principal beginning in 2015 after the sudden resignation of Tom McGuire, who served for just a month.

McGuire was hired in August 2015 from the Northeast to serve as principal. Initially, McGuire had applied for the position of principal at Table Rock Elementary School but was encouraged to seek the high school position.

Sixty-one at the time, McGuire and eight teachers from EPHS spent a week in Denver learning a program to help students prepare for college. McGuire tendered his resignation just prior to the start of the 2015-2016 school year and Whitehead, then principal of Hillside Elementary School, was asked to take the role.

Since the retiring of longtime EPHS Principal Mari Brabbin in 2007, the school has been led by a handful of administrators including Barber, who served in the role from 2007-2012. Former Principal Paul Cataldo, a 30-year-educator with experience in a handful of districts around the region, led the high school for a handful of years prior to Whitehead.

Barber said Wednesday the district already had interest in the vacated position from "several highly qualified candidates."

District 9 Superintendent Cynda Rickert did not return calls from the Mail Tribune seeking comment.

Reach freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com.