Note: This story was updated at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 17.
Oak Ridge High School Principal Martin McDonald announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he is leaving his job at ORHS and starting a new job at Greeneville High School in East Tennessee.
On Wednesday, Oak Ridge Schools Superintendent Bruce Borchers said McDonald will continue at ORHS through the end of the first term and will transition to his new role in Greeneville during the first weeks of October.
Neither McDonald nor Oak Ridge Schools said why the principal is leaving Oak Ridge.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I am stepping down as the principal of Oak Ridge High School in order to start a new adventure as the principal of Greeneville High School,” McDonald said in his social media post Tuesday. “I want to thank all of Wildcat Nation for the love and support they have extended to my family and I over the last six years. It has been my greatest pleasure to serve as principal of Oak Ridge High School. The staff and students are truly world class. Our community is one that values and supports high quality public education like none other. I want to thank Dr. Bruce Borchers for the opportunity to learn and grow in such a wonderful district. I have enjoyed making many lasting friendships here in Oak Ridge that I know will last a lifetime. I will continue to watch the continued success of Oak Ridge High School from further up the road in East Tennessee. I often say once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. Thank you to everyone who has helped play role in my success. Roll, Wildcats,Roll!”
“We would like to thank Mr. McDonald for his years of service here in Oak Ridge Schools and the many positive contributions he has made to our school and district,” Borchers told Oak Ridge Schools families in an email Wednesday. “Please be informed that we are already in the process of starting the work necessary to implement a principal search. The ORHS Principal opening will be posted today and will remain open until September 30th. We hope to have a new ORHS principal named in early November.”