Parents respond to Waukesha West principal's abrupt resignation

CREATED Jan 6, 2013

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WAUKESHA - Waukesha West High School Principal David Towers resigned abruptly Friday after just a year-and-a-half on the job.

The district is only saying Towers decision was based on "personal reasons".

The district notified parents in a letter late Friday.

In it, the superintendent said Towers departure would be immediate.

The letter went on to say "We regret that we do not have any other information to share with you at this time. Mr. Towers offers his thanks and appreciation to the West High parents and community over the last year and a half."

"It was surprising."

Cindy Hollmann's daughter is a freshman at the school.

"I haven't had any interaction with him with my daughter being a freshman but I've heard good things about him."

And she isn't sure what to make of the shake-up.

"A little concerning as to why in the middle of the school year he would leave and then who will come in to replace him and what will happen?"

Waukesha West was Towers' first job as head principal.

He started before the 2011 school year. At that time, Towers told a local paper he was "very selective in applying for positions" and that he felt Waukesha West would be a good fit.

The district didn't respond to our request for more details about his now surprising departure.

We stopped by Towers house to see if he could shed more light but no one answered.

A school board member tells TODAY'S TMJ4 they were not formally notified of any violation of policies.

The HR committee of the school board will review Towers resignation next week. The superintendent told parents the district plans to start its search for a permanent replacement.

"I think it will be ok. I think the district is good overall and that they will do what they need to make sure the school year continues to run and that they bring in a good leader," said Hollmann.