After he finishes his fifth year with the school district, Dan Greenough will resign as Pendleton High School principal.
Superintendent Chris Fritsch said Thursday that Greenough submitted his resignation letter in early January, stating he needed to look for “new opportunities.”
Fritsch said he and Greenough are working through a transition plan and the district is accepting applications for his replacement.
Pendleton High School saw improvements under Greenough’s watch.
The high school’s graduation rate rose from 86.2 percent in 2013-2014, his first year at the school, to 94.7 percent in 2016-2017.
Although the Oregon Department of Education hasn’t assigned overall scores for schools since the 2013-2014 school year, Pendleton High School earned a Level 5, the highest rating, for its graduation rate on its 2016-2017 report card. Among its four other performance indicators, Pendleton High School didn’t earn below a Level 3.
After a round of layoffs over the summer, Greenough’s responsibilities expanded to include overseeing the Pendleton Technology and Trade Center, which houses Hawthorne Alternative High School and some of the district’s career technical education programs.
Greenough was hired by the district after previously serving as a principal at Weston-McEwen High School and Onalaska High School in Southwestern Washington. He didn’t return a call for comment by press time.