Principals leaving Big Walnut High

Jeff Jones

On Sunday, Big Walnut High School Principal Jeff Jones announced two administrative changes at the high school for the 2015-16 school year. Jones reported that he and his Assistant Principal, Bridgette Firstenberger, are leaving the School District.

“It is with mixed emotions that I am informing everyone that I will be leaving to take the principal’s position at Beavercreek High School near Dayton,” Jones said. “It has been a pleasure to serve the students and staff at Big Walnut, as the community here is invested in its schools, as shown by the overwhelming support of our levy efforts in May, but day in and day out in the classrooms at Big Walnut High School. It truly is a good place for kids to go to school. “Having just been a part of the crowd that gathered down at Huntington Park for our baseball team’s appearance in the State Baseball Tournament, it reminded me of what is great about the Big Walnut community — and that is the support the students get for all that they do,” Jones continued. “I will miss that enthusiasm and spirit that is unwavering for the schools and District.”

Jones also reported that BWHS Assistant Principal Bridgette Firstenberger has been selected by her father’s alma mater, Lakewood High School in Cleveland, to take the reigns as Assistant Principal in one of their three houses that make up the overall high school.

“It is a homecoming for Bridgette, as she will be able to be near her parents and family while continuing her growth as an administrator,” Jones wrote. “Her dedication to the staff and students at the high school will be missed. We wish her luck in her new assignment. “Thank you to everyone for their support in these past two years, and I know the next leader will be in good hands with everyone’s leadership, inspiration, and guidance of our students and community,” Jones added.

Reached late Sunday Big Walnut Superintendent Angie Pollock said the School District appreciates Jones’ and Firstenberger’s work with the high school students and staff and wishes them well in their new ventures.

“We have posted for their replacements and plan to use a process in selecting the Principal that is similar to the one that we have used previously to select building administrators,” Pollock said. “This process will include an opportunity for students, parents and staff members to provide input on the final candidates before a selection is made.”

Pollock said as the Central Office and Board of Education members begin to screen candidates, they would organize groups of stakeholders to participate in the interviews.

“We will also be meeting with the high school faculty Principal Advisory Committee and members of Student Council to discuss the vision and direction that we are seeking in our next leader,” Pollock added.