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Columbus High School Principal Jake Ekern will resign from his position effective at the end of the school year.

Superintendent Annette Deuman informed parents of the resignation through a letter released March 12. According to the letter, Ekern will take a leave of absence for the remainder of the school year. Middle School Principal Loren Glasbrenner will assume Ekern’s role at the high school until a replacement is hired.

Deuman confirmed the resignation in an email to the Columbus Journal.

According to the letter, Ekern told the Columbus School Board he intended to resign and the board accepted his resignation. Ekern served as CHS principal for nine years.

In her letter to parents, Deuman wrote that Ekern accomplished many good things during his time at CHS, including increasing partnerships with businesses, leading to industrial credentials for students, additional Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Ag, Mathematics (also known as STEAM) curriculum and courses, along with implementing a new trimester schedule, which will begin in 2019-20.

“The board thanks Mr. Ekern for his service to the district, students, and families and wishes him the best,” Deuman wrote in the letter.

Ekern did not respond to the Columbus Journal, but was quoted in the letter provided by the school district.

According to the letter, Ekern “is going to pursue some other career opportunities.”

The letter said, “I have built some very strong relationships with the staff and administration over the last nine years and I can never repay the district enough for that.”

He also said in the letter that he’s grown a lot as an administrator and as a person.

“I wish the district nothing but the best and I will always be a Cardinal,” Ekern wrote in the letter.

According to Deuman, the district plans to immediately pursue Ekern’s replacement.

“We believe these changes will continue to serve the best interests of our high school students and staff,” Deuman said. “We look forward to a great ending of the school year.”

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