Chad Sharpe, the first principal of the new Pathways Innovation Center, is leaving the school for personal reasons, the Natrona County School District announced Tuesday.
Sharpe will return to a classroom elsewhere in the district next year, spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said. Other than to describe the situation as family-related, she declined to give specifics. Sharpe has already left Pathways, but Southerland said she could not offer any details.
“We want to recognize Chad and celebrate his work in leading the start-up of (Pathways), setting into motion the many wonderful educational opportunities (high school) students will be afforded now and into the future,” she said in an emailed statement.
It’s unclear who will take charge of the institution next year. Principal Shawna Trujillo of Roosevelt High School, which shares a campus with Pathways, is “acting leader for the remainder of this school year,” Southerland said.
As it finishes its first year, Pathways is at roughly a quarter of its enrollment capacity. Officials have stressed that they aren’t panicked about the situation and that they’re developing a plan to increase the $42 million facility’s student population.
Southerland said Sharpe stepping down didn’t cause concern for the landmark project’s future.
“I would not say that there is concern there,” she said. “We obviously want to celebrate the work Principal Sharpe did in leading up to (the school opening). We have faith in current high school administrators, as well as Principal Trujillo.”