EDMOND — There has been a sudden career shift for Jason Hayes, who last month was named the new principal at Edmond's Cimarron Middle School.
Instead Hayes, 38, will be principal at Edmond Santa Fe High School, effective July 2.
In a 4-0 vote, the Edmond school board followed Superintendent David Goin's recommendation in naming Hayes, now an administrator at Edmond Memorial High School, to succeed Earl Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick resigned unexpectedly last month for what he called a “personal and spiritual” decision and plans to go into the ministry. He had been at Santa Fe for a year.
Goin interviewed Hayes and another candidate. The candidates were recommended by the school's screening committee.
Goin, in a statement, commented on the selection.
“Literally days after assigning Jason Hayes to serve as the principal at Cimarron Middle School, I very unexpectedly received a resignation from the principal at Santa Fe High School. With Mr. Hayes having spent his career as a high school teacher and most recently, the last five years as an assistant principal at Edmond Memorial High School, we were aware of his commitment and ability to relate to high school students as well as his skills and talents working in high school settings.”
Through this month, Hayes is involved with Memorial's summer session. As Santa Fe principal, he will be paid between $76,496 and $84,996 a year.
“We'll be discussing the exact salary in a few weeks,” Hayes said. “That hasn't even entered my mind yet.”