Principals at Robertsville and Jefferson middle schools have been reassigned, education officials said Wednesday.
Robertsville Middle School Principal James Hundertmark is moving to the School Administration Building, where he will be the special projects administrator, Superintendent Bruce Borchers said.
Meanwhile, Jefferson Middle School Principal Bruce Lay has been reassigned as RMS principal, Borchers said. Philip Cox, who has been JMS vice principal, will become interim principal.
Borchers said the special projects administrator is a new position that will be involved in several initiatives, including data collection for a Keys to College and Career Readiness program. He will be involved in developing report cards for all buildings and departments.
Hundertmark asked for the transfer, and the position will be in effect through the school year. Whether it continues next year will depend upon the school board’s mission and vision, Borchers said.
Hundertmark started at RMS in July, and he had previously been lead associate principal of Klein High School in Klein, Texas. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Lincoln Memorial University. He also has a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Florida. He began his teaching career as a secondary mathematics teacher for Anderson County Schools and later taught mathematics in Spring, Texas.
Before coming to Oak Ridge, he had been lead associate principal of Klein High School in Klein, Texas.
Lay has been JMS principal since 2001. He also served as Jefferson’s vice principal in 2000 and 2001.
Prior to his service at Jefferson, Lay worked for Anderson County Schools, serving as principal of both Briceville Elementary and Norwood Middle schools, a press release said. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky., a master’s degree from Tusculum College, and an education specialist degree from Tennessee Technological University.
Cox has been JMS vice principal since 2006. Before he came to Oak Ridge, Cox was principal of Lake City Elementary. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University.
“This realignment of administrators will enable Oak Ridge Schools’ staff to continue to meet the learning needs of all of our students,” Borchers said in the release. “I look forward to this transition and working with administrative and teacher leaders as we provide our students and parents with excellent schools that are focused on preparing all students for college and career success. Both Mr. Lay and Mr. Cox have excellent leadership skills and have demonstrated a strong commitment to Oak Ridge Schools. I also wish Mr. Hundertmark success during this transition.”