One of Fort Thomas’ Blue Ribbon Elementary Schools will be in the search for a new blue chip principal to lead it. Yesterday, parents of Johnson Elementary School students received a letter from Principal Tonya Brummer announcing her resignation as principal and from the Fort Thomas School District after only one year at the helm of Johnson Elementary, citing some insurmountably difficult and unfortunate family circumstances.
In the letter, Brummer says her “love for Johnson is not measurable” and also that she is “leaving with very mixed emotions.” The reasoning cited for her departure is the difficulty of having young children in the Beechwood School District (Fort Mitchell, KY) and her lack of after-school care options due to a personal tragedy and the fact that our school calendars do not coincide.
Brummer interviewed for and accepted a teaching position in Beechwood Schools and stated that her return to the classroom “will make a huge difference for (her) family” saying, “Not only will my children be able to come straight to my classroom after school, but I will have the same schedule and won’t have to worry about supervision.”
Brummer also expressed her appreciation to the families of Johnson students and to the school district specifically citing the professionalism and pleasure of working with Superintendent Gene Kirchner, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services John Stratton, and Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning Ginger Webb. Of Brummer’s departure, Kirchner said, “she has done a great job this year and we are sad to see her go.”
When asked about the process of selecting a new principal, Kirchner advised FTM that he would begin working with the Johnson SBDM (School-Based Decision Making) to finalize the process and he committed to sharing details with FTM as they are made known.
Check back here throughout next week for more details on the hiring process as they become known.
FTM announced Brummer's hire on May 6, 2014.