San Jon hires new superintendent

William Thompson

Joel Henry, Superintendent of San Jon Schools, has resigned. San Jon’s Principal Al McMillian has retired, and a new school superintendent has already been hired. Henry announced his decision to resign at a recent school board meeting.

Henry was paid a salary of $68,000 per year. He served just one year as superintendent.

According to Stacy Wooten, administrative assistant for San Jon Schools, Henry made few comments at the recent board meeting.

“His comment at the board meeting was that he was resigning, and that was about the extent of it. He said he enjoyed working for the district. We wish him well.”

Roger Bowe, president of the San Jon School Board, said that Henry and the school board came to a mutual decision.

“He (Henry) was always there for the kids, he always showed up at all the ball games,” said Bowe, “but the board felt like we needed to change direction and stress academics more.”

Henry could not be reached for comment.

Bowe said a new superintendent has been hired.
“Craig Stockton, the former Principal of Deming High School, is our new superintendent,” said Bowe. “We will formally introduce him at the next board meeting, June 14. He will officially begin work July 1.”

As for the school’s principal, Wooten said McMillian came out of retirement to become principal for the past two years, and is now going back into retirement.

“We wish Mr. McMillian well in his retirement,” said Wooten. “We learned earlier in the year that he would be retiring.”

McMillian also could not be reached for comment.

Josh Byers, editor of The Deming Headlight, said Stockton was a respected member of the Deming community.

“Everybody here thought of him as a really great guy,” said Barnes. “He seemed to be on a career track to becoming a superintendent.”

Wooten said the new superintendent will have expanded duties as San Jon Schools will not have a principal next school year.

“Due to budget constraints, we are not going to have a principal,” she said. “The superintendent will also act as principal of the schools.”

The San Jon Board of Education will meet Monday, June 14 at 6 p.m. in the school’s ITV room.