Choice for St. Thomas More principal decides to stay at Mahomet

Choice for St. Thomas More principal decides to stay at Mahomet

CHAMPAIGN — The administrator expected to be The High School of St. Thomas More’s next principal has decided to keep his current job in the Mahomet-Seymour School District.

St. Thomas More’s board of education announced earlier this month that Jeff Starwalt would be the school’s next principal.
However, the board sent a letter Tuesday saying Starwalt had decided to remain at Mahomet-Seymour.
The school’s board of education and pastor’s board “will continue to work together to name an interim principal in the near future and will resume a nationwide search for a permanent principal later this fall.”
“While we were delighted that Mr. Starwalt initially accepted our offer to lead The High School of Saint Thomas More, we wish him well with his decision, and we are eager to resume our search for the most qualified person to lead our school in the coming years,” said Larry De Brock, president of school’s board of trustees, in the letter.

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kaw wrote on June 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Mr. Starwalt did a similar thing with the Urbana School District.  He was hired to be an assistant high school principal/AD, lasted maybe 3 days on the job.  He decided he wanted to stay in Mahomet.  Can't remember for sure the date, I'd say 8 years ago or so.  Perhaps Mr. Starwalt should just work out his employment issues with Mahomet-Seymour before he goes through the laborious process of applying for other positions.  Just sayin'...

areader wrote on June 20, 2012 at 1:06 am

I agree.  He needs to make a decision (commitment) and stick with it!  If there's a pattern, I'd be reluctant to hire him if he keeps "backing out".  

carlnicks66 wrote on June 20, 2012 at 7:06 am

I don't blame Mr. Starwalt one bit. He was apparently being asked by the Dioscese to accept a much lower salary than the one he originally had agreed to. It was a simple negotiation breakdown, and he was right to return to his old job.  Starwalt is a great guy, and does not deserve criticism for this.

Les Paul wrote on June 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

It's for the better. Jeff Starwalt wasn't  the fine upstanding individual he was made out to be. The board didn't do it's due diligence in selecting him.


hellokitty wrote on June 20, 2012 at 8:06 am

Maybe he'd just heard all of the horror stories that have gone around about STM and decided to pass.

sofedup wrote on June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

This is ridiculous!!  Does anyone really know the "whole story" behind this situation?  Probably not, except Mr. Starwalt and the Diocese.  Therefore, why are people being so hateful?  Jeff Starwalt is a great person, and genuinely cares about the students that are in his building.  So, until you know "the rest of the story", lay off haters!  (It is ironic, however, that news that comes out of STM is hush-hush... ie:  What really happened to Tim Millage, and now this...)

just_wondering wrote on June 26, 2012 at 9:06 am

The advantages of being a private school - you don't have to tell the whole story, and you aren't subject to FOIA like public schools. 

bluegrass wrote on June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am

You can't take anything personally on these comment sections.  Anonymous posters, myself included at times, come here to grind axes and say things we wouldn't necessarily say to someone's face.  It's kind of like those people who have a bad day at work, and then kick their dog when they get home.  And before you ask, I don't kick my dog.  It just an analogy people.