Middle Park High School Principal Jane Harmon has accepted the position of principal at Granby Elementary School.
Outgoing Principal Dr. David Rizor has resigned to move back to Hawaii to open a charter school, according to East Grand Superintendent Nancy Karas.
Harmon, who has been Middle Park's principal for four years, will start at Granby Elementary School mid-June.
"I've always in the back of my mind thought about making that transition someday," Harmon said. Elementary education was her first degree as part of a double major in college, she said.
She has since been working toward superintendent credentials and seeks an elementary school principal position for a "well-rounded experience of K-12 education," she said.
But Harmon said she does not plan to apply for the superintendent position upon the expected retirement of East Grand's Karas, planned for June 2013.
"I think Granby Elementary deserves a long-term principal," she said. "Someone who is dedicated. And I told them I will dedicate the next five to eight years to Granby Elementary, should I earn that position."
Although the position will mean less pay, Harmon said she sees it as a "parallel" step.
"It's fun to see the enthusiasm of those students," Harmon said. "And the staff has been nothing but welcoming."
The biggest difference, she said, will be the disciplinary factors between high school and elementary school.
In high school education, a consequence for one's action is often needed in discipline, she said.
But, "for little guys, just a visit to the principal's office is all they need," she said.
The district is conducting the application process for filling Harmon's position at the high school. Applications are being accepted until June 11, with interviews conducted June 14 and 15, according to Karas.
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