Just 30 minutes before Van-Far’s Class of 2014 crossed the stage to receive their diplomas on Sunday, the Van-Far R-I School Board held a meeting to approve a resignation. Van-Far Elementary Principal Amber Crane submitted her resignation pending approval from the Mexico Board of Education.
Van-Far’s board members approved her request by a 7-0 vote, though Principal Crane had previously signed a contract for the next school year.
“It has been five years since you granted me the opportunity to be the elementary principal at Van-Far,” said Principal Crane in her letter to the school board. “I cannot begin to tell you what this opportunity has meant to me. I care deeply for this school. I have never worked with a finer faculty and staff. They are dedicated to their work and the students they serve each day. As for the students, I feel that all 354 students are my own and it is with a heavy heart that I write this letter, for I will miss them greatly.”
Principal Crane, in her letter, said she has been offered the opportunity to be the principal at Eugene Field Elementary School in Mexico, Missouri.
“This was a difficult decision for me, but my acceptance of the position will allow me to be closer to my family and help me continue to grow professionally,” Principal Crane said.
Principal Crane has been with the district for five years as she was hired after the departure of then Principal Brian Meny. Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter said the district hopes to hire a replacement by the first part of June. The district is already advertising for the position.