When students return to Custer County District High School to begin the 2014-2015 school year, it will be with a different principal at the helm.
Jamie Ogolin, who became principal of CCDHS in 2004, tendered his resignation last week. Superintendent Keith Campbell said he was surprised by the resignation, but that Ogolin would finish out the current school year.
“The news kind of came out of left field for me - it’s still kind of a shock,” Campbell said. “I haven’t had much time to process that myself. It will be a tough position to fill.”
Campbell wouldn’t speculate on Ogolin’s reasons for resigning, but he did say the resignation letter mentioned spending more time with his family.
Ogolin was not available for comment by presstime.
The board will accept Ogolin’s resignation at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Unified Board of Trustees, then begin the process of finding a replacement.
“We’ll advertise the position and hopefully we’ll have some good interest,” Campbell said. “It’s a great job. I think Jamie did enjoy the job; I think you could see that talking to him. I think he just took a look at his priorities and wanted to spend more time at home. Being a high school principal is a very time-consuming, demanding job. But it’s not anything any of us saw coming, or wanted to happen.”
Campbell said Ogolin will finish out the school year, as well as log some time in the early summer, perhaps even aiding in the transition of whomever is hired as his replacement.
“In his own words, he’s not going anywhere,” Campbell said. “He just felt it was time to do something different. He’s done a great job here, been here for a long time as a teacher and as an administrator. We’ve definitely been the beneficiary of his commitment to our district and our high school. He will be missed. It’s definitely a tough cap to fill. We wish him the best, and hope things work out exactly like he has planned.”