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River Crest Elementary Principal Travis Barringer Resigns

One factor in Barringer's decision to leave the Hudson School District "is the negativity and unjust public criticism directed at administrators throughout my three years in Hudson,” he wrote in a letter to the Hudson Board of Education.

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.

J April 24, 2013 at 03:23 AM
bblair, you seem to have overlooked an important part of this. BOTH Ms. Love and Mr. Barringer were RECRUITED by another district. Neither of them needed a recommendation from MBE to obtain their new statuses.
Vested Interest April 24, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Are you saying you are opposed to parents having the freedom to choose where their kids go to school Captain? Would you care to tell us what your definition of freedom is? Are you going to tell us that the institution of public education is more important than our liberty to choose where we send our kids to get an education? Please fill us in on that one Captain - I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for that response.
Mike April 24, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Well said.
ACE April 26, 2013 at 04:32 AM
I would love to see the public education system shut down....government can't run anything properly. I thought choice was a key word for the left...oh, nope, no choice allowed...except to kill the innocent....yep, that choice we like....All other choices we want to control through the government.
Captain Midnight April 30, 2013 at 02:32 AM
@ACE.... stick to the topic. If you are a product of the public school system, perhaps you are correct tht it should be shut down. However you are the exception, perhaps. Who runs the highway, road system and street systems that you drive on? Who operates the air traffic control system that keeps planes from falling out of the sky? Who runs the Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines? Who put people on the moon? Who operates the Space Station? Who funded and developed the Internet? Surely you can do better than that old "government can't run anything properly"? Have you had an original thought of your own? @Vested Interest... I'm not at all against having parents having the freedom to chose where their kids go to school. I myself went to a non-public grade school which my parents paid for; I went to a public high school and then graduated from a private university. My parents nor I asked for taxpayer money to pay for the elementary school nor for the university. The public school system in this country has been with us since the colonial days and has served this country well. If some parents choose to have their children educated at other schools, it is their choice and they are free to do so. However I choose not to pay for that education. It's as simple as that. No freedoms infringed upon and no liberty taken away.

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