MOUNT ZION -A new principal at the high school is just part of some structural changes being made in the Mount Zion School District.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire Cheryl Warner, who has served as principal of McGaughey Elementary School since 2010, as the new high school principal.
The hiring comes after the board accepted the resignation of current principal Kraig Garber during its January meeting. Garber will leave at the end of the school year.
Mike Mose, who previously served as the high school’s assistant principal and athletic director, will remain in the role of assistant principal but will no longer be the athletic director.
The hires are part of a structural overhaul of the principal’s office that Superintendent Travis Roundcount said became an option with the departure of Garber.
While Warner will act as the principal, Mose’s duties will focus on disciplinary issues. The district will also have an assistant principal position that focuses solely on athletics, music and other extracurricular activities. An education liaison position will also be created that will focus on academic issues and provide guidance for students.
“We’ve created a structure in the principal’s office where the principal can have three assistants that will focus on these three important issues,” Roundcount said. “We’re a growing district and needed to make the necessary changes.”
The other two job openings have been posted, and officials hope they will be filled in the coming months.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a bid to purchase a $49,715.37 grand piano from Effingham-based Piano Network. Of that cost, roughly $35,000 will be paid for through donations made by outside groups.
“We have some dedicated people in the community,” Roundcount said of the donations.
There is no timeline for when the piano would arrive, but officials expect it to arrive before the end of the school year.