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Norfolk principal resigns over "philosophical" differences

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A northeast Nebraska school board is starting the search for a new high school principal for the second time in 18 months.

The Norfolk, Nebraska School Board of Education accepted the resignation of principal James Lake in a special meeting Thursday.

In a written statement, school officials said Lake resigned for personal and professional reasons related to philosophical differences.  They wouldn't elaborate on the specifics of those differences.

School officials said an interim principal will be assigned in the near future and that staff are working to keep things as normal as possible for the high school students.

Dr. Jami Jo Thompson, Norfolk Superintendent said, "They're always our number one focus and it has been this week.  Principals have been out visiting with students in the hallway, reassuring them and listening to their concerns. I think they've done an excellent job with that."

Lake was not in attendance at Thursday's meeting.  He was hired by the district in May after serving as a principal in California.

School officials will begin a search for a permanent replacement for Lake early next year.

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