Ashville High principal takes over at Leeds Middle
by Gary Hanner
Jul 20, 2011 | 2333 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After serving the past four years as principal of Ashville High School, Dr. Jason Baker has resigned his duties.

The St. Clair County Board of Education accepted Baker’s resignation at its regular meeting Monday, after Baker was named the new principal at Leeds Middle School at a Leeds City school board meeting July 12.

Since January, a group of concerned parents in Ashville have voiced concerns at St. Clair BOE meetings concerning Baker’s leadership abilities at Ashville High School. They were concerned about test scores and the direction AHS was headed.

“I wish Dr. Baker the best in furthering his career,” St. Clair Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals said Monday. “He is a great administrator and I think he will do an excellent job for Leeds Superintendent John Moore.”

Moore said Leeds City Schools is honored to have a principal of the caliber of Dr. Baker. “He was the only candidate who had both current principal experience and an earned doctorate degree,” Moore said. “We are proud that our system was able to attract this principal.”

Baker’s first day as principal at Leeds Middle was this past Monday. The school houses grades five through eight.

Baker said it is definitely a fantastic opportunity for him.

“I’m looking forward to being back in a middle school setting,” Baker said. “I’m excited about school starting and meeting students and parents. I’m glad to be part of the Green Wave and looking forward to getting everything going.”

Baker said the middle school building is only two years old and looks fantastic.

“I’m just getting moved in and settled down,” he said.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.

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