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TYLER - (KYTX) John Tyler High School is officially in need of a new principal. The district plans to look to the community to help come up with the next candidate.

The district posted the position just one month after the former principal Michael Cass handed in his letter of resignation. The most recent resignation is one in a string of principals. Although the district will soon be undergoing a lot of changes, they hope once the principal position is filled it will stay that way for a while.

In school some of the people you'll always remember are your friends, teachers and your principal. For several years John Tyler High School students have had to go without one of those relationships.

Chris Jones is a Tyler parent and grandparent. She doesn't have family attending J.T.H.S but she's aware of the constant change in principal.

"I think it would probably be best if the principal and the community got a chance to talk and that way the community can find out why the principals are leaving or what would be beneficial for them to stay," said Jones.

District spokesperson Dawn Parnell said that's what the district is planning to do."Well Tyler ISD has hired a search firm and that firm will help us cast a broader net to hopefully bring the best qualified candidates forward for the position," she said.

Due to the high turnover, the plan is to create somewhat of a boardroom made up of parents, teachers, students and business owners to come together and talk about the key characteristics they'd like to see in a principal.

Jones said she is happy the district has decided to include the community in the selection process.

"I think it's a great step for them to reach out to the community.at least that way you know what the parents expect, the community expect, what the principal expect what the school expect and it can all come together," said Jones.

With the additional input from the community, the district hopes to see longevity in the next principal.

The district plans to narrow down a committee to help evaluate potential principals. They've also set up an online survey that will let other community members give their input on the new principal.

The district hopes to bring a final candidate in front of the district board of trustees by July.

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