Craig Housum will step down from his post as principal of McCormick Middle School.
He tendered his resignation to the Wellington board of education on May 24 after a special meeting behind closed doors. It is effective at the end of Housum’s contract on July 31, said district superintendent Ed Weber.
Neither Housum, Weber, nor school board members offered comment following the decision.
Before adjourning to the private session, a statement on Housum’s behalf was read by his father-in-law, Barry Saxon, a retired lawyer and president of Cosmetic Translations in North Ridgeville.
Saxon contended that Weber has shown an “unwavering commitment” to not renew Housum’s contract and hasn’t provided a fact-based reason for doing so.
“Even the hint of non-renewal has not only tarnished Craig’s reputation in the educational community, but it has significantly hindered his future employment opportunities,” Saxon said.
Prior to the board’s regular meeting on May 16, rumors swirled that both Housum’s and Westwood Elementary School principal Paul Holland’s contracts would not be renewed. Parents attending the meeting spoke out vehemently in favor of keeping Holland, but said they felt Housum should be let go.
Holland was retained on a one-year contract at that meeting. Parents who spoke said Wellington’s state report card grades were thought to be the catalyst in the principals’ status being up for discussion.
The board had voted to table a decision on Housum but revisit it before June 1.
Housum came to Wellington as principal of Westwood in 2012 before moving to McCormick for the 2013-2014 school year.
“When Craig began his career in Wellington at the elementary school, the school’s state grade went up,” said Saxon. “When Craig left the elementary school, the school’s grades went down. When Craig moved into the middle school, the school’s grades went up in spite of the fact that this school year 58 percent of third-graders entering the middle school were not reading at grade level. Craig must be doing something right.”
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