ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Principal Tom McCormick says he wrote a letter to his staff about his resignation. He plans to be principal at Rogue River Elementary up to the first two weeks of September.
Having 40 years of experience in the education field, McCormick can’t help but feel a sense of loss resigning.
“I went away to kindergarten at age 5 and I haven’t stopped coming to school since then,” Principal McCormick said. “I’ve been blessed immensely to be able to work with wonderful kids and teachers.”
This year he put in paperwork to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) to renew his license. A month later, TSPC wrote him back.
“Saying because a new law took place, actually took effect in January of this year, that I needed to get nine more credit hours in order to renew.”
McCormick says it was impossible to get the newly required hours of administrative work before the deadline. The Rogue River School District tried to help by sending a letter to the TSPC, but it was denied.
His staff says whoever replaces McCormick has some big shoes to fill.
“He would poke his head in the classrooms, and teachers would invite him in when they were doing special things and he would be out in the playground with the kids,” secretary Myrna Eliegel said. “Yeah, the kids will miss him.”
But McCormick believes his resignation came at a timely point in his career.
“I don’t want to be able to do my job well,” Principal McCormick said. “I’ve had some health scares, we got an awful lot of new things coming into the system in the fall with new administrator and teacher evaluations. I decided maybe it was time to let somebody younger take over the reigns.”
McCormick says it’s all perspective, believing as one door closes, another will open.
“I think my wife and I would be able to do fun things,” McCormick added. “I would like to do some work with the homeless youth possibly at the shelter in Medford. Yeah, I don’t have any worries that there won’t be something for me.”
McCormick says the school district will have a retired principal act as a fill-in as it looks for a permanent replacement.