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 Willsey Cites Personal Reasons for Departure

May 28, 2008 - With his resignation officially accepted by the school board last week, the top administrator at Knightstown High School has offered brief comments on his decision to leave the school after just one year.

“It is totally a personal decision” KHS Principal Ray Willsey told The Banner last Thursday. “It has nothing to do with anything else.”

Hired by the CAB School Board last July, Willsey notified the board in a letter date May 5 that he planned to resign effective June 30. With no discussion or comment, the school board unanimously accepted Willsey’s letter of resignation at its May 20 meeting.

Willsey provided The Banner with a copy of a press release last Thursday in which he thanked CAB, the Knightstown community and KHS students for the opportunity to serve as principal. His statement said leaving KHS is in his and his family’s best interest.

“This decision should in no way reflect negatively on the school, community, or the students,” Willsey said in the press release, which was dated May 20. “I have found the staff of KCHS to be caring, professional, and student-centered. The corporation leadership has been positive and focused, and the community has demonstrated great pride in its school. All people in the Knightstown community have the right to be proud of their school.”

Willsey told The Banner that not having any family in the area had not been easy for him and his wife. “It’s a matter of a comfort zone,” he said. “We have a lot of family and we just need to maybe try to make our way back.”

As of last week, when he spoke to The Banner, Willsey, who taught for 20 years and has 11 years of experience as a building administrator, had not yet found a new job. “Well, I definitely will be employed,” he said. “As to what, I don’t know.”

Before coming to KHS, Willsey, served as assistant principal at Attica Jr.-Sr. High School from 2000-2007, and was principal of Union Jr.-Sr. High School in Dugger from 1997-2000. Over the 20 years prior to that, he was employed as either a band director or music director for schools in Effingham and Milford, Ill., and in Rosedale, Ind.


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