Fallon Principal Resigns, Citing School's Test Scores

Churchill County High School Principal John Riley says he's resigning partly because the school was labeled as being "in need of improvement" for three straight years.

As principal, Riley said it was his responsibility to rid the school of the label. He said he takes the federal No Child Left Behind requirement very seriously as well as its message to teach all groups of students.

Riley said the majority of his school's students are doing well on annual tests, but more than 100 students are not meeting the benchmarks.

"I am the person most responsible for that," Riley told the Lahontan Valley News & Fallon Eagle Standard newspaper. "We have not found a way to teach all the students."

The school district has directed E.C. Best Principal Scott Meihack to assist in efforts to improve achievement at the high school.

Riley's last day on the job will be Dec. 31.

Last week, the school board added 18 months to Riley's tenure in the district so he would be fully vested in retirement benefits because he is not yet 65.
Information from: Lahontan Valley News,

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