Darlington High School principal, Doug McArthur, recently submitted his request to resign his position to the Darlington Community School District Board of Education, which the board accepted at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 2.
According to a press release from school board president, Duane Jorgenson, McArthur will step down as the high school’s principal at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
“Mr. McArthur has served the Darlington Community School District with distinction as high school principal and previously as a teacher and coach,” said Jorgenson in the press release. “Mr. McArthur has been a passionate supporter of everything Redbird. He has been a strong advocate for the children of Darlington School District.”
The topic of McArthur’s request to resign was taken up by the board during executive session, although in the past, resignation requests have been reviewed and action taken on them all during open session.
But Jorgenson said it is not uncommon for these requests to occasionally be discussed during executive session, especially when personnel matters are involved.
“It can sometimes be a bit more complicated, and in order to assure the employee’s right of confidentiality, the board will discuss the resignation during executive session,” said Jorgenson, who stated that he could not expand any further on any possible “complications” with McArthur’s resignation request, due to respect for employee confidentiality.
The board returned to open session to accept McArthur’s resignation and thank him for his years of service.
When asked to comment on his resignation request last week, McArthur noted that he wanted to wait until after the meeting took place to comment, but he was out of his office on Tuesday, Feb. 3 and could not be reached for comment before the print deadline.
McArthur has served as the high school principal at Darlington since 2009, previous to that he worked in several area schools including Shullsburg and Galena, Ill. Earlier in his career, from 1984-1997 McArthur also worked at Darlington schools as a physical education teacher and coach for football, wrestling, track & field, and golf.