Nate Parker takes job with Adrian schools 08.18.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci schools will be in search of a new administrator with the departure of Nate Parker on Monday.

Parker accepted a position last week with Adrian Public Schools as the principal of the district’s seventh and eighth grade building.

Parker joined the Morenci district in 2000 as the district’s Spanish teacher, but he’s filled several roles since then.

In 2005, Parker was hired to serve as high school principal, but two years later he was back in the classroom for half of the school day due to budget problems.

In February of this year, Parker also served as the district’s interim superintendent between the departure of Kyle Griffith and the hiring of Dr. Michael Osborne.

For the approaching school year, Parker was to face another challenge as principal of both the middle and high schools.

That new role made his decision to take the Adrian job easier.

“It’s been a difficult decision because of the great people here,” Parker said in reference to school personnel, parents and community members. “But with my young family, the schedule of a middle school principal would be more conducive to my situation.”

Middle school athletic events end earlier in the day than high school events, he said, which will allow him to return home to his wife and three preschool age children.

In his resignation letter, Parker stated that he was fortunate to work with Griffith and Osborne, and cited several other staff members that he referred to as “dedicated individuals.”

“Morenci’s strength is truly the people working here,” he stated. “Morenci has outstanding people working in its schools and its community and it has truly been a privilege to come to work here every day.”

High expectations are set for students, he said, and they’re held accountable so they can realize their potential.

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