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JCM Principal Leaving for Job in Alabama

By WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jackson-Madison County School District is losing another principal.

Eric Jones, principal at Jackson Central-Merry High School, told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News he resigned to take a principal job at Joe Johnson High School in the Huntsville (Ala.) City School District.

Jones has been with the district for 10 years. He taught and coached at Madison Academic High School for three years, was assistant principal at Liberty Technology Magnet School for two years before serving as interim principal at Liberty for one year. Jones spent the last four years at JCM.

During his time at JCM, graduations rates improved from 57 percent in 2008 to 91.3 percent in 2013. In 2009, JCM was designated a "Fresh Start School" by the state. All faculty and staff had to reapply for their jobs, due to low performance by students. It was among the state's poorest performing public schools. As of this school year, JCM is listed in "Good Standing" by stand standards.

Jones describes Joe Johnson High School as similar to JCM when he arrived.

Jones' last day at JCM is June 30. However, his official last day on the district payroll is June 10.