The school’s former principal, Jeremy Crigger, accepted a position as an assistant principal at Mountain Brook High School and will not return to WHS this school year.
Crigger has served as Walker’s principal for the past three school years.
Superintendent Robert Sparkman said the administrators looking for a new candidate still have a list of 20 potential applicants.
“We’re just in the process right now of getting one or two of the finalists we think would be good for the position,” he said.
Sparkman said those doing the hiring are not setting a deadline to find the right candidate.
“We’re going to take our time and find the right person,” he said.
Sparkman said he is not concerned about Walker High going without a principal during the first of the school year because the remaining administrators have it well under control.
“It’s a great high school, and it is in a great community,” he said when officials announced the open position. “Jasper really supports all its schools. The person who becomes Walker High’s next principal will walk into a great situation with a lot of support.”
Walker County School Superintendent Jason Adkins said his district has not hired any new principals over the summer.
Adkins said it is typical for the Walker County Schools to not have a principal position open over the summer.
“Those are good quality jobs and those principals are supported in this system, so we don’t have too high of a turnover for them,” Adkins said.