District officials to seek a new principal for Keller High

03/24/2014 4:41 PM

03/24/2014 4:43 PM

Keller district officials are seeking a replacement for Keller High School Principal Jeff Bradley, who recently announced he is leaving the post at the end of the school year.

In a March 6 letter to parents, Bradley wrote, “After serving the Keller High School community for the past five years I have decided that this will be my last year as principal. Serving the KHS community has been an exceptional opportunity that I have greatly enjoyed, learned a tremendous amount from and will take with me the rest of my educational career.”

Bradley declined to comment beyond the text of his letter.

Penny Benz, assistant superintendent of human resources, said that Bradley is expected to remain in the district but may be considering other opportunities as well.

Bradley came to Keller High School as assistant principal in 2009 and was promoted to the top role in 2011 to replace Rick Westfall, who left to take a central administration post in the Grapevine-Colleyville district.

Bradley’s replacement will be Keller High’s fifth principal in the last decade.

In comparison, the three other KISD high schools have had next to no turnover at principal. Central has had one principal since 2005, David Hinson. At Fossil Ridge, David Hadley replaced Todd Tunnell in 2008 when Tunnell took the top spot at Timber Creek in advance of the school’s opening in 2009.

Benz said that turnover in high school principals is not uncommon. Sometimes they leave to seek central administration posts and other times they rethink their career paths altogether, she said.

Dustin Blank, executive director of leadership, said that the Keller High job would be posted on the district website and on sites for the Education Service Center’s Region 11 and the Texas Association of School Administrators.

KISD officials will talk with parents, teachers and staff to build a profile of qualities they would like to see in the next Keller High principal, Blank said.

“We’re very big on finding that best fit. From an ideal standpoint, we would have someone in place to step into the role by summer, Blank said. “However, we will not ever force that timeline if we’re not getting quality candidates.”

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