McDowell resigns as principal of Compass Learning Center


Josh McDowell, co-principal at Compass Learning Center since August 2018, resigned his position in January and has taken a position with Waldron Area School District. His resignation was accepted after a closed session during Monday night’s Tecumseh Public Schools board meeting. Trisha Howard remains as the other co-principal.

Superintendent Rick Hilderley said McDowell’s resignation was effective January 24, but he had not been able to take it to the board because there had not been a meeting between then and now. Hilderley did not know what type of position McDowell was in at Waldron schools. “We know that’s where he went. I know his parents live over there,” said Hilderley.

Jamie Fulton, a reading specialist with 14 years experience in education who has worked for the district since 2012, has been the interim principal since about two weeks ago. “Jamie was working unofficially as an interim principal anyway, along with a couple other staff, just filling in needs when Tricia was not available, so we placed her in that position and have a substitute in her teaching position currently,” he said.

Fulton had applied for the same principal position in 2018 that McDowell was ultimately hired for. “So she has interviewed with the district for the same position in the past and was highly thought of,” said Hilderley. “I guess at that time it was hard to ignore that Josh had had several years experience as a building administrator, so he was chosen, but Jamie was still highly considered.”

McDowell was to be the principal of Patterson Elementary School starting in the 2020-21 school year after the district reorganization that will take place this summer.

The principal position has been posted internally. Hilderley said he hopes to be able to take a recommendation to the board for a permanent hire at the March 8 board meeting. I can’t guarantee that I will, but we’re going to try to get that taken care of,” he said.


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