Today is Jill Savely’s final day as principal of Columbus High School.
Savely, who has led the school since 2012, is taking a position with the Mississippi Department of Education, according to a letter released Thursday afternoon by Columbus Municipal School District Superintendent Dr. Philip Hickman.
Hickman said the district will “soon name an interim principal,” in his letter. No timetable was offered. A search for Savely’s permanent replacement is underway.
“We appreciate the service that Mrs. Savely has provided to the students in the Columbus Municipal School District for the past 12 years as teacher, assistant principal and principal and wish her well in her new endeavors,” Hickman wrote.
Savely will be taking the educator in residence position at The Golden Triangle Early College High School, a new school formed in partnership between East Mississippi Community College, Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Department of Education located at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus. The position is paid for by grant through MDE.
Savely declined to comment Thursday.
Although today is Savely’s final day inside Columbus High, her official employment with CMSD will officially end June 30, 2015.
Hickman said the search for Savely’s replacement will be extensive. The district will be soliciting input from students, parents, teachers and community leaders. Meetings will be held at Columbus High to gather input of ideal characteristics for the next principal. The dates of these meetings are undetermined at this time. An interview committee of teachers, students and parents will be formed to assist in the selection process.
CMSD said a link will be available on the district website beginning Feb. 13 that will allow for stakeholders to provide input in the principal search.