Kenny Pennington has mixed feelings about leaving Monticello High School where he was principal for 13 years.

Pennington resigned to accept an associate director position with AdvancedEd, a national school accreditation program. As associate director in Arkansas, Pennington will be trained to move into the director’s position to oversee and guide the accreditation process for member schools in Arkansas.

Though he says he will miss Monticello High School, its staff, students and students’ parents, Pennington said the new job is an opportunity to help him put his family in a better position.

“I have a lot of mixed feelings,” Pennington said. “The difficult part is I work with a good staff and anytime you work with a great staff like I have it’s hard to leave. I’m going to miss the staff, the students, and the parents. I want them to thank them for their support over the years. I have always tried to do what was right and make good decisions.”

Pennington said one of the benefits of his new job is the fact that he will not have to relocate. He will live in Monticello where he can be near his parents and where his children attend school and his wife teaches.

The Monticello School District will likely hire an interim principal to serve temporarily until a permanent replacement is found.