Granville High School Principal Scott Bojanich resigned Monday night.
Bojanich has been with the district for almost a year to the day when the school board accepted his resignation.
“I’ve been treated very well here by the board and by the community and I would not leave for another (principal) job. This (move) is by no means an indictment of Granville, I just had an opportunity for my family and my career that I couldn’t overlook,” Bojanich said Tuesday afternoon.
Comparing getting the job to buying a winning lottery ticket, Bojanich said he was as surprised as anyone to be handing in his resignation to Superintendent Mark Bessen.
Bojanich said he will be taking a job as Director of Secondary Instruction in Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Virginia a school district of 11,500 students. Bojanich said the job is equivalent to an assistant superintendent’s job with a Class A or AA school in this area.
Bessen said Bojanich had done a good job, was well liked and just starting to gain some momentum when he found out about the job and tendered his resignation.
“The building will lose its leader, however some of the systems we implemented will help us to maintain that momentum,” Bessen said.
Bessen said the district will likely hire an interim principal “someone with a bevy of experience” to take the district through the 2011-2012 school year while a hiring search is conducted.
The district will contact WWSHE BOCES and BOCES Superintendent Jim Dexter who will have a list of interim administrators available likely for a per diem contract. Typically newly hired administrators start in July, Bessen said, meaning most candidates for the position will have made commitments elsewhere and anyone changing course to come to Granville would be leaving a commitment to another district.
Bessen said the board will likely eye a July 2012 start for the new hire.
Bojanich said he just accepted the new position the previous week.
“I’ll be responsible for everything that happens from 7-12: curriculum, instruction, athletics; working directly with principals in the buildings,” he said.
The district has four high schools, two with 1,200 students and two with about 800 students in a total of eight school buildings.
The school district is in the northern part of the state in the same town as James Madison University.
With his youngest son heading to college at Old Dominion in the fall, Bojanich said he had interviewed for the job in part because he and wife Trish had always talked about moving south.
“Nobody is more surprised than me that I’m going to be in Virginia in a few weeks,” Bojanich said. Between his son’s graduation and his departure for school, Bojanich said he plans to head south to begin getting established in the new school district.
Bojanich’s last day in the district will be June 30.