CLINTON — Throughout her 14-year tenure with Clinton Community Schools, "what's best for kids" was Karinne Tharaldson Jones' guiding philosophy.
On Friday, she told staff one child has become a priority — Liam Jones.
"Somewhere in the last few months I've been thinking about that philosophy and it's what's best for a kid," Tharaldson Jones said. "And that kid is my son. When I think about Liam, I know I'm making the right decision."
When her contract expires June 30, Tharaldson Jones will resign as Clinton High School principal. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency is expected to approve her as Multi Tier Support System (MTSS) Coordinator, a new position for the organization. The job, she said, will free up more time for her to spend with family, including her 4-year-old son.
Although the career change will fulfill many personal desires, Tharaldson Jones said leaving CHS was one of her hardest decisions.
"At times, I'm disappointed because it's such a great opportunity for me professionally," she said, voice thickening. "When I was offered the position, I still wanted to say 'no' in a way. It's just such a great opportunity, and I'm so excited about the team I'm going to work with there.
"It's hard for me to leave a supportive school board. If I have to be totally honest I'm really struggling now that I'm leaving Clinton High."
The CCSD board likely will not approve the resignation by its next meeting Monday. The resignation also is pending an official hire by the AEA, which won't take place until the agency's board meeting Wednesday.
However, Bill Decker, chief administrator with the AEA, said there was "no reason" to believe Tharaldson Jones won't be hired.