By Chuck SlothowerHerald Staff WriterBruce Hankins, principal of Miller Middle School, has resigned effective June 26.Hankins took over as principal of Miller in 2005. He said Wednesday that he was "getting out of the rat race."
"I'm headed back to the Dove Creek area, and I'm going to try to make the family farm work," he said.
Hankins said he would consider taking an assistant principal job, and he wouldn't rule out returning to the classroom.
In the meantime, Hankins said he may raise cattle, wheat and sunflowers. "The thought of being on a tractor 10 or 12 hours a day is pretty appealing," he said.
There was some controversy surrounding his hiring in 2005. Initially, Hankins was appointed by then-Superintendent Mary Barter to lead Escalante Middle School. That decision irked members of a search committee who had recommended Amy Kendziorski, who was then serving as Escalante's assistant principal.
Eventually, Brian Hester stepped down as principal of Miller to take a job in Vail. Hankins took over at Miller. Kendziorski became principal of Escalante, replacing Gene Giddings, who retired. Kendziorski remains the principal at Escalante.
Miller earned a "high" rating for overall academic performance on its 2008 School Accountability Report, but a "low" rating for student academic growth. The school has 510 students in grades six through eight.
Superintendent Keith Owen said Miller staff and parents will have a voice in deciding on a process to find a replacement. "We're looking at outlining a process for the search and replacement for the principal position at Miller," he said.