AVON — The Friday resignation of Michael Swank as principal at Avon High School has left the Avon Community School Corporation administration “surprised,” Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hoernemann said.
Hoernemann said that with the sudden nature of the resignation, other employees, such as the assistant principals, were forced to “go into action immediately” to ensure a smooth start to classes and programs, such as freshman orientation.
”I am very proud of our leadership team and how they worked together,” Hoernemann said. “We are welcoming 500 new freshman and we want the new teachers to begin their careers in a positive fashion.”
She said everyone stepping up has created a positive spirit for the beginning of classes and allowed the school to stay poised to move forward.
”This is not really the way that we wanted to start up, but we are up for the challenge and are looking forward to a great start,” Hoernemann said.
Swank turned in his resignation, citing “personal reasons” for leaving.
Hoernemann said Swank had taken two personal days prior to his decision to resign.
Rick Adcock, who had retired in December of 2011, has agreed to return to act as a part-time interim principal as the school searches for a full-time interim and ultimately a replacement.
Hoernemann said they will be seeking someone with “experience and leadership.”
Swank was named associate principal at the Avon Advanced Learning Center in March of 2009, prior to taking over as high school principal in January when Adcock retired.