Another One Bites the Dust at MHS: Principal William Crockett resigns
April 15, 2011
The revolving door at Monterey High School has spit out yet another principal. William Crockett, who’s been at the helm of MHS since September 2009, submitted his resignation to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Board at its April 4 meeting, according to Ann Kilty, MPUSD’s executive director of adult education and a member of the superintendent’s cabinet.
“We take this situation at [Crockett’s] word, which is this [resignation] is for personal reasons,” Kilty said Friday, adding that Crockett will finish out the school year and his current contract, which expires June 30.
Calls to Crockett’s office by the Weekly were not answered Friday, and there was no mention of his resignation on the MHS website or on his personal blog, “Educational Neurosis.” However, the most recent entry on that blog, entitled “Threats,” reads:
It's seem [sic] recently it's been open season on school administrator [sic]. Where is this coming from? Does one every think to themselves, WOW I might get shot over this. Doubt it.
The search for Crockett’s replacement will soon be underway, Kilty said, but the district hasn’t set a specific timeline for that process. “We want to take the time that we need to get the right fit,” said Kilty. “Folks are finishing up their contracts [at other schools] now, and we’re hoping that people would be available to start a new work year by July 1.”
Whoever takes Crockett’s place will be MHS’s fourth principal in five years. Before Crockett, Andy Bedell, who’s currently principal at Notre Dame High School in Salinas, served as the school’s principal from fall 2007 to spring 2009. Bedell was preceded by Dan Albert, Jr., who had a seven-year stint, and whose father was the mayor of Monterey and a longtime MHS football coach.