K-12 EDUCATION

Weber High School will have an interim principal until spring

Oct 16, 2023, 9:00 PM

Weber's former principal was placed on administrative leave at the start of the school year and ret...

Weber High School is pictured in Pleasant View, Weber County, on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

PLEASANT VIEW, Utah — Weber High School will go the entire school year without a replacement principal, but Weber’s Parent Teacher Student Association said it’s a good thing. They’ve already had too much change this year.

The interim principal, Ryan Kachold, will stay in that position through the remainder of school. Kachold was formerly the school’s assistant principal.

“We were thrilled that it was not gonna happen right now, to have everything kind of settle down. And let this administration do what they’ve been doing,” said Maria Johnson, a PTSA board member.

Weber’s former Principal Chris Earnest was placed on administrative leave at the beginning of the school year after complaints that she mishandled allegations of misconduct by the school’s football coaches. She then announced her retirement.

Johnson said the school was already feeling chaotic because of this. There was so much uncertainty as the previous principal left, and then the student body adjusted to the acting principal. Another change would just be too much.

“Everybody was just kind of on eggshells and on our tippy toes to see what was gonna happen next,” Johnson said.

Johnson said the interim principal is doing really well and they feel that waiting until spring for a permanent replacement is the best thing to do.

“We don’t feel like the community, or the school, or the students or anybody else needs any more changes right now.”

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Weber High School will have an interim principal until spring