Glenwood High School principal abruptly resigns

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GLENWOOD – A new principal hired less than a year ago who was predicted to “do a great job at the high school” resigned Monday night after failing to meet his own expectations.

Shane Stephens submitted the letter of resignation to the Glenwood School Board in a Special Board Meeting Monday, stating the decision was made with a “heavy heart yet clear mind.”

“I feel that the responsibilities and the enormity of the position is not what I thought it would be,” Stephens wrote. “I have come to realize that I have not met my own expectations or goals.”
Stephens specifically mentioned some of those goals.

“I wanted to increase pride for the school, raise the spirit of the student body and improve the overall school climate,” he wrote. “I have not been able to give all I have in those endeavors.”

Stephens further states that health issues he believed were under control have returned, further diminishing his work ability.

In an e-mail to parents, Glenwood Superintendent Devin Embray thanked Stephens for his work, adding the district will pursue a replacement immediately.

“I want to express my gratitude and respect for Mr. Stephens and his leadership as the High School Principal this year and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Embray stated.

Stephens was equally appreciative of the opportunity presented in Glenwood.

“I am truthfully obligated for the trust, confidence and unwavering support provided form the Glenwood Community School District in broadening my outlook, capacity and potential,” he said. “I would like to point out that I really appreciated every moment of my work at Glenwood Community School District. I am assuring you that I will do my best to ensure a smooth transition of my duties to the newly-appointed person before and after I leave the district.”

Stephens was hired in April 2013 to replace Kerry Newman, who resigned in March after reaching a settlement agreement with the district following an investigation that led to the school board formally recommending she be fired.

Embray had high expectations at the time for Stephens, a Stanton-native.

“He’s a very positive and enthusiastic leader,” Embray said after the hiring. “He’s going to do a great job at the high school. He’s consensus oriented and he’s going to come in and work as a team. I was very impressed with his desire to be on the instructional side, helping staff in their quest to provide interventions for students who may be failing or struggling. He brings a great background and is someone who will fit into our district quite well.”