Sedalia Middle School Principal Martin White has been named principal of Smith-Cotton High School, one of several administrative changes planned in preparation for the opening of the new high school.
“We wanted to get the new principals in place so they could start working on their buildings,” Bradley Pollitt, Sedalia schools assistant superintendent in charge of personnel, said Wednesday. Pollitt said the moves would give administrators time for a smoother transition, allowing them to be better prepared when the new buildings open.
Board member Scott Gardner said White has expertise in-house, and the board members knew he could promote positive changes at the high school.
Several challenges face the new principal, Gardner said, including preparing for the next phase in the smaller learning communities program and breaking up the school when the new building is complete.
“He’s going to have his hands full,” Gardner said.
White has not only done an excellent job by himself, but he also knows when to delegate responsibilities, Gardner said.
His work at the Middle School shows he can handle the responsibility, Gardner said.
“He has brought that place a long way, and we felt that it was a good idea, that he had the necessary experience to become a high school principal,” Gardner said. “He loves a challenge, and he’s going to go at it.”
White’s replacement of outgoing high school principal Todd Whitney will be one of several moves, Pollitt said.
Sedalia Middle School Assistant Principal Steve Triplett will move to the high school next year, while Assistant Principal Sara Pannier will move up to principal of the middle school.
Triplett will be an assistant principal at the high school.
White will remain principal when the new high school opens, while Triplett will become principal of the seventh, eighth and ninth grade building. Pannier while then become principal of the fifth and sixth grade building.
The changes, which are effective July 1, were approved by the Board of Education in a unanimous vote in executive session Monday.
Whitney, whose contract as high school principal was not renewed by the board, may be moved into an assistant principal position at the middle school.
“We’ll have to be reassigning some other administrators; that’s what it appears might happen,” Pollitt said, adding, “That hasn’t been determined yet.”