The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

May 9, 2014

BREAKING: CHS Principal informs staff of resignation

By Brenden West
Assistant Editor

CLINTON — Clinton Community School District Superintendent Deb Olson confirmed this afternoon that Clinton High Principal Karinne Tharaldson Jones informed staff she is resigning. Olson said Tharaldson Jones accepted a position with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf. Her contract with CCSD officially expires on June 30.

The resignation likely will not be ready in time for the next school board meeting on May 12 for board approval. Olson said she informed board members of the news after a conversation with Tharaldson Jones this morning.

"It will give her more time to spend with her family,” Olson said on Tharaldson Jones' new role with the AEA. “I think that was a major role in her decision.

“She has not given us anything in writing but she's letting everybody know... Her resignation will not be until the end of her contract which ends in June.”

Olson said it will be difficult to find a person to replace Tharaldson Jones in the immediate future, crediting the principal's commitment to students. She said having a replacement by July 1 will be "difficult."

“Obviously for us it will be to try to find somebody which will be very difficult to continue on the great work that (Tharaldson Jones) has done," Olson said. "The timing is a difficult one but obviously we're not going to limit anyone.”

The district will shift focus on finding a replacement. Olson said an employment ad is in the works.

“I'm sure that we will find a very competent person," she said.