CHAMPAIGN - Mike Scholz, principal at the High School of St. Thomas More in Champaign, has resigned, effective at the end of the school year, to take a job at a Catholic high school in southern Illinois.
Scholz took a job at a new high school in Maryville (a previous version of this story included an incorrect location) to be closer to family, including two granddaughters. Scholz was not available for comment Thursday morning, but sent an email to St. Thomas More parents.
"I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to serve as assistant principal and this year as principal. The Board of Trustees will name an interim principal and a national search for a permanent principal will be conducted," Scholz wrote in the email. "I have the utmost faith in the STM Board of Trustees."
Scholz wrote that it was a difficult decision.
"This position moves my wife and me closer to our family giving us the opportunity to be a bigger part of our granddaughters’ lives," Scholz said.
Kay Reiser, the school's director of advancement, she and others at St. Thomas More weren't happy at the announcement, but wish Scholz the best.
"I'm sad, I'm losing a good friend," Reiser said. "You hate to say goodbye to your co-workers. But I'm so happy for Mike."
Scholz became principal earlier this school year after former Principal Tim Millage  was removed from that position. Before that, Scholz was the high school's assistant principal.