Tuesday, May 01, 2001

Campbell County losing principal

Sorrell takes same position in N. College Hill

By Lori Hayes
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County High School's principal is stepping down to take the top job at a Cincinnati high school.

        Stephen Sorrell has accepted the principal's post at North College Hill High School. After leading Campbell County High for four years, his last day will be June 30.

        “I'm tired. It's been a long, hard year,” Mr. Sorrell said. “I'm looking for a place where I can get back to what I want to do, helping students learn. Right now, I'm spending too much time putting out fires.”

        Mr. Sorrell, 48, has been under fire the past few months after requiring the entire senior class at Campbell County to redo their writing portfolios. The students' original portfolios, required by the state, could not be submitted because of teachers' editing errors, he said.

        However, Mr. Sorrell said the portfolio debacle was not the reason for his resignation and that he was not asked to leave.

        North College Hill has about 600 students, less than half the size of Campbell County, which has nearly 1,500 students.

        Mr. Sorrell said a smaller school will allow him more time to work with teachers and students.

        “I'm constantly looking at things in the best interest of my career,” he said. “It's always a difficult decision to leave. I care about the kids and the people here.”

        Campbell County Schools Superintendent Roger Brady applauded Mr. Sorrell's tenure at the high school.

        “We appreciate his commitment to the students of this district and wish him all the best in his new position,” Mr. Brady said.

        Mr. Sorrell, of Florence, was assistant principal at Ryle High School in Boone County from 1992 to 1997 before coming to Campbell County.


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