“Maintaining a proper balance between home and work responsibilities is one of the job’s great challenges,” he wrote in a letter to parents and students. “As the parent of two young children, it is important that I place their needs at the forefront, and I feel this this decision is made in the best interest of my family.”
Higginbottom told parents he made the decision public early in the school year “to provide sufficient time for the District to conduct a suitable search for an educator to lead RMHS forward.”
The principal’s complete letter to parents:
January 30, 2014
Dear Future RMHS Families:
I am writing to you today to inform you about a development in the future of Reading Memorial High School and its leadership. After much reflection and discussion with my family, I have decided to step down as Principal of RMHS at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. I have made this decision now in order to provide sufficient time for the District to conduct a suitable search for an educator to lead RMHS forward.
One of the joys of being a high school principal is being a member of a thriving school community that features a diverse and invigorating collection of learning opportunities and school community events. Maintaining a proper balance between home and work responsibilities is, also, one of the job’s great challenges. As the parent of two young children, it is important that I place their needs at the forefront, and I feel this this decision is made in the best interest of my family. Moving forward, I will pursue opportunities that will allow me to grow professionally and honor the commitments that I have made as a husband and a father. The decision to end this chapter in my professional life was not made easily; however, it does afford me the opportunity to write a new chapter.
The past two school years have been very rewarding, and the lessons that I learned are helping me become a better educator. I have enjoyed each day and every conversation getting to know you and your children. RMHS is a wonderful school, and I am honored to have been its Principal.
I wish you all the best of luck with your future endeavors. Our paths may cross again someday, and, if so, I will be eager to learn about what chapter you are writing.
Kevin J. Higginbottom, Principal