Woodrow Wilson High School on March 23, 2022. Photo by Renee Umsted.

The principal of Woodrow Wilson High School will not return to the school next year.

Michael Moran shared the news of his resignation Monday in an email with the Woodrow community and staff. A spokesperson for Dallas ISD confirmed the announcement with the Advocate.

“I am confident that there are people and sustainable systems in place,” Moran says in the email. “The future for Woodrow is as bright as ever. With this said, I feel it is the right time for me to seek additional opportunities where I can utilize my knowledge and expertise to impact a larger number of students.”

He made the announcement now so he “can help ensure there is a smooth transition” for the next school leader.

Richard Kastl, the executive director of the Northeast Secondary Network, will be communicating the principal-selection process and timeline within days, Moran says. Kastl was formerly the principal of Bryan Adams High School in East Dallas.

Moran became principal of the school four years ago, and he spent the first six paragraphs of his seven-paragraph letter discussing Woodrow’s accomplishments. For example, in 2019, the school made a 70,000-square-foot expansion to its campus buildings. And Woodrow is set to see $17 million worth of improvements to the HVAC system, campus safety and beautification over the next two years.

But several violent incidents have occurred in close proximity to the school in recent months.

Continue checking the Advocate for updates.