The Hudson School District will lose another principal at the end of the school year.
River Crest Principal Travis Barringer announced his resignation effective June 30. Barringer was recruited by and accepted an elementary principal position with the North St. Paul, Oakdale, Maplewood School District in Minnesota.
Barringer is the second principal to announce he is leaving the district in the last three weeks.
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In his letter to the Hudson Board of Education, Barringer stated:
“River Crest is a strong community of students, families, and staff dedicated to the social-emotional and academic achievement of each student. I am proud of the success students have achieved during my three years as principal. My resignation from River Crest is not done without careful consideration and I was not actively seeking another principal position.
"I have been offered an opportunity to lead a school with a unique multi-age configuration, something for which I have a passion. The compensation package is significant enough to be another factor in my decision to resign from River Crest. An additional factor in my decision to leave the Hudson School District is the negativity and unjust public criticism directed at administrators throughout my three years in Hudson.”
In response to Barringer’s resignation, Superintendent Mary Bowen-Eggebraaten stated:
“We have been fortunate to benefit from Mr. Barringer’s leadership over the last three years. He has worked collaboratively with staff members and parents to make River Crest a very special caring learning environment for students. He has been a positive role model for students, and the impact of his leadership will be felt even after his departure.”
The district is moving forward immediately with the selection process to identify a new River Crest principal.
The district currently has Willow River Elementary’s principal position advertised, and according to the district, this will generate principal candidates for both schools.
The district plans to make a recommendation for a new River Crest principal on June 11 to the Board of Education.