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DeWitt resigns as TMP principal

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Bill DeWitt, principal at Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School the past four years, has resigned and informed his staff this morning.

DeWitt, 39, will return to Lawrence, where he lived for 18 years before coming to Hays in 2009, to assume the duties of assistant principal and athletic director at Lawrence High School.

DeWitt, a 1992 graduate of TMP, said it was not an easy decision to leave his alma mater and that he wasn't looking for another job when he heard about the opportunity in eastern Kansas.

But he and his wife, Amy, both graduated from KU and lived and worked in that area until coming to Hays.

They also had planned to raise their three young daughters in the Lawrence area until the principal position at TMP opened up in 2009.

"Amy and I were married in Lawrence, our children were all born in Lawrence, and for us, it's home," said DeWitt, who added "it's going to be great move both personally and professionally."

"There would never be any good time for me to leave (TMP), whether it's now or 20 years from now," DeWitt said. "But at the age my kids are at, for our family, it's an easier time now than later."

The DeWitts are the parents of three young girls, the oldest in sixth grade this year.

He said he finish out his contract through June "to help ensure that all pieces are in place for next year."

TMP made significant strides forward during DeWitt's tenure, most notably the starting of a Catholic junior high school after the closing of Kennedy Middle School, the smaller of two middle schools in Hays, after the 2011-12 school year.

"The school has tremendous momentum right now, and it will continue," DeWitt said in an email notice to parents this morning.

Jeff Brull, advancement director at TMP, said a search committee will be formed and overseen by the TMP-Marian Board of Trustees to find a successor for DeWitt.

"Notice I said 'successor' and not 'replacement,' " Brull said. "There is no replacement for Bill DeWitt. His passion has rubbed off on everyone in the entire building, and morale under his leadership has been outstanding."