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Columbus High to have new principal next school year


Garthia Elena Burnett



Columbus High School will have a new principal next school year. Principal Craig Shannon will return to the central office full time as deputy superintendent at the end of the school year, Columbus Municipal School District announced Thursday. 


"Three years ago when Superintendent Dr. Del Phillips needed someone to step up and take the reins of Columbus High School, Mr. Shannon answered the call," Janet Lewis, public information officer for CMSD wrote in a press release. "Dr. Phillips commends Mr. Shannon for the outstanding job he has done over the last three years and applauds his commitment to excellence." 


"He is the ultimate team player. Mr. Shannon has provided CHS with strong leadership and a commitment to instruction and student achievement," said Phillips. "He stepped up when needed and has moved Columbus High in a positive direction with enrollment and academic growth, authorization of the IB Diploma Programme and implementation of grant incentives to enhance student success." 


For Shannon, the transition is bittersweet. 


"It''s definitely a transition that comes with mixed emotions. I''ve got great teachers and great students here, but this is something I''ve been working on toward throughout my career," Shannon said. 


Shannon will oversee high school and middle school education. 


"You definitely can''t control when these opportunities come about, but the opportunity was there, and I had to take advantage of it," he said. 


Shannon has been with Columbus schools for four years and in education for 19 1/2 years. Prior to coming to Columbus, Shannon worked in Tupelo as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, minority recruiter and director of the alternative school. 


While at Tupelo schools, Shannon was featured as one of the Mississippi Business Journal''s Top 40 Under 40. 


The search for a new principal will begin immediately, with a search committee to review and interview potential candidates. 


"The district is committed to finding the most qualified person for the position," Lewis wrote.




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