Wednesday, April 04, 2001

Middletown principal quits, saying progress slow

By Sue Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Citing his displeasure with academic progress, Middletown High School Principal Gary Perkins will leave his alma mater June 30, after leading the 1,750-pupil school the past five years.

        “We have made progress in a lot of areas, but at the same time we haven't significantly increased proficiency test scores or other areas on the state report card,” Mr. Perkins said.

        “I think there's a time when every administrator has to evaluate progress made and whether he can take the building to the next level. Maybe it's time for someone else to take the leadership role.

        “The buck stops here — with me. It's time (to go).”

        Mr. Perkins, 54, said he does not have a new job lined up, but would like an administrative role in a different school district. Before being named Middletown's interim and then permanent principal, he was the district's coordinator of special education and summer school principal.

        Last summer he oversaw renovations at the former Manchester Technical Center in anticipation of additional students at Middletown High after Monroe formed its own district.

        Superintendent Wayne Driscoll said Mr. Perkins' resignation letter surprised him, but he knew that Mr. Perkins was unhappy with progress at the school.

        “He took over in a tough time. He stabilized the situation,” Mr. Driscoll said Tuesday.

        Before coming to Middletown Schools in 1989, Mr. Perkins, a 1964 Middletown High graduate, spent six years as director of special education and principal at Springboro Junior High. Mr. Perkins also worked at schools in Indiana and is a former Marine. Mr. Driscoll said Mr. Perkins' position would be posted soon.


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