Northwestern High principal Mosley to quit after this year

November 15, 1991|By Mark Bomster | Mark Bomster,Evening Sun Staff

Boyse Mosley, the outspoken principal of Northwestern High School, will retire at the end of this school year, citing frustration with the pace of school improvement and a loss of enthusiasm in the job.

"You get to the point where you work very hard to try to improve the performance of youngsters and you make very little progress," said Mosley, long an internal critic of the school system. "I'm just giving it up."

Mosley made the surprise announcement to staff and students today, a day after a meeting with Superintendent Walter G. Amprey, at which Mosley said the superintendent questioned the principal's commitment to the job.

Mosley, in his eighth year as principal of Northwestern, said he was not pressured to resign, but said, "I get the distinct impression that they would like to see me leave."

He said the superintendent suggested "that I no longer have the desire, the fire to get the job done . . . I told him I don't have much enthusiasm . . . My fire was going out and I would leave the end of the year."

But it was his school's performance on the annual state school "report card" that prompted Mosley to move.

Northwestern failed to make the grade on any of 13 categories on the state's report.

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