Alamo Heights Independent School District’s high school principal and athletic director both have resigned from the district just weeks into the school year, citing personal reasons, according to Superintendent Dana Bashara.

Bashara notified members of the Alamo Heights community by email Monday that she accepted the resignation of Alamo Heights High School Principal Cordell Jones. Jones had worked for the district for 21 years in a variety of roles, Bashara wrote. 

“Many of us have gone through times that require us to make difficult decisions, and I’m hopeful that we all can be respectful of his decision and timing,” Bashara wrote. “His commitment to the important work of our district will be felt for quite some time.”

Debbie Garinger will serve as interim principal of the high school for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. The district plans to hire a new principal for the next school year. Garinger previously served as principal of Woodridge Elementary and has worked as a high school principal.

Athletic director Jennifer Roland also resigned for “personal reasons,” Bashara stated Monday. Roland started as the director of athletics in Alamo Heights in the 2015-16 school year. She previously worked as the director of athletics in Lubbock ISD.

Norm Collins, who worked as the aquatics coordinator and a teacher at the high school, will fill in for Roland as the acting athletic director until a permanent replacement can be hired in the spring, Bashara said.

Alamo Heights ISD enrolled approximately 4,800 students in 2018-19. About 1,600 students attended the high school.

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Emily Donaldson

Emily Donaldson reports on education for the San Antonio Report.