Wakatipu High’s long-serving deputy principal Grant Adolph has resigned due to family reasons.
Leaving school: Wakatipu High deputy principal Grant Adolph has resigned
Adolph announced his resignation to staff this morning.
A statement issued by the school says after discussions with his family and due to changes in his personal circumstances, Adolph has decided to resign from his position as deputy principal at the start of term four this year.
Adolph has been on leave for much of term three.
He will spend the rest of the fourth term working to help and support new principal Steve Hall and his senior leadership team till the end of the school year.
Hall, who has held the principal’s job for two weeks, says the staff are shocked and saddened by the news of Adolph’s departure.
“It was a big announcement for the staff,” Hall says.
“But they understand the circumstances. They respect this it was a decision that wouldn’t have been made lightly.”
Adolph has worked at the high school since 1992 and has held various important roles, Hall adds.
“Grant’s contribution to the school over 20 years has been immense.
“He’s been huge in terms of pastoral care for the students, he’s been huge in terms of supporting staff and his overall commitment to the school.
“For many, many parents in the community he is a really important guy.”
Hall and the board of trustees have accepted Adolph’s resignation and wish him and his family well.
Adolph’s wife Jane, also a teacher at Wakatipu High, will remain at the school.
The position of deputy principal won’t be filled immediately – Hall and the board will work with Ministry of Education-appointed limited statutory manager Peter Macdonald to look at a potentially new senior management structure for the school.
A new management structure was recommended by Macdonald after his investigations last year, which resulted in the departure of former principal Lyn Cooper.
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