Rock Bridge and Hickman principals leaving when school year ends

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | 7:09 p.m. CST; updated 9:13 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 9, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia's two main public high schools have a change in leadership coming.

Mike Jeffers, principal of Hickman High School, and Kathy Ritter, principal of Rock Bridge High School, are leaving at the end of the school year, said Mary Laffey, assistant superintendent of human resources.


Related Media

Related Articles

Jeffers will take a position as director of North Kansas City secondary schools, Laffey confirmed.

Ritter, meanwhile, is retiring.

"This is a big loss for us, losing both principals," Laffey said. "But we certainly understand. This is a great opportunity for Jeffers."

Laffey said the school district will advertise the jobs, seek applications and hold interviews to find new principals for the 2010-2011 school year.

"My hope is that we're done in a few weeks," Laffey said. "We will try to move expeditiously and complete the process before spring break."

Jeffers has been principal of Hickman since fall 2005. The high school has an enrollment of 2,001 for the 2009-2010 school year.

Ritter has been principal of Rock Bridge since fall 2007 and was an assistant principal there for about 15 years before that. Rock Bridge has an enrollment of 1,839 for the 2009-2010 school year. Students will hold a forum Thursday to talk about what they want in a new principal.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.