South Hagerstown High School Principal Timothy Dawson, who had been placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 6, resigned his post last Friday for personal reasons, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said Monday.
Jeremy Jakoby, whose most recent position was supervisor of testing and accountability in the school system’s Central Office, officially reported to South High on Monday as acting principal, Wright said.
At the time Dawson was put on leave, Superintendent Clayton Wilcox wrote in an e-mail response to an inquiry from The Herald-Mail that, “Beyond confirming that he is on leave, I am not at liberty to discuss the matter further.”
“We don’t comment about personnel matters,” Wright said Monday.
When Dawson was placed on leave, Wright referred The Herald-Mail to Education Article 6-202 in state law when asked for what reasons, in general, a schools employee could be placed on administrative leave.
That article states, “On the recommendation of the county superintendent, a county board may suspend or dismiss a teacher, principal ... or other professional” for misconduct in office, insubordination, immorality, incompetence or willful neglect of duty.
Dawson did not immediately return a phone call to a telephone number believed to be his.
Sherry Hamilton, an assistant principal at South High, had served as acting principal until Jakoby was named acting principal for the remainder of the school year, Wright said.
“I’m very excited to be here,” said Jakoby, who was an assistant principal at South High during the 2005-2006 school year.
“I really enjoyed the opportunity to get back out to the school building and work with staff and students, and help them progress,” Jakoby said.
Jakoby said he was principal of Clear Spring Middle School for two years, the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.
Jakoby was assistant principal at North High for three years, from the 2002-2003 to 2004-2005 school years.
With the job change, Jakoby’s annual salary increases from $100,503, to $114,395, Wright said.
No one has been appointed to fill the vacant position of supervisor of testing and accountability, Wright said. The position will be filled, he said. The employees in that office will continue to manage their work with Jakoby’s support, as needed, Wright said.
South High and North High are the school system’s largest two schools with official enrollments at each school of almost 1,300 students, according to the official fall enrollment report.