Delaware Hayes High School principal James Peterson will leave the district at the end of the school year.

Delaware Hayes High School principal James Peterson will leave the district at the end of the school year.

The board of education accepted Peterson's resignation on Monday.

Peterson will be the new superintendent at Fredericktown Local Schools in Knox County. He will succeed retiring superintendent Dan Humphrey.

Peterson had been the principal at Hayes for 13 years, and earlier was the assistant principal.

"Mr. Peterson is well-loved and respected by hundreds of students and staff, both past and present," superintendent Mary Anne Ashworth said. "His indelible mark on Hayes reflects an atmosphere of mutual respect and caring which has resulted in a school climate where students can learn and grow and thrive. We will certainly miss him but wish him much success as he takes on new challenges in a new place."

The district will accept applications for Peterson's position until May 1.

Board members also recognized 15 students for their participation in state Science Day. They are Alex Bogard, Miriam Gibbs, Kyra Mack, Nicole Nelson, Lydia Gray, Aislynn Blakeslee, Jacob Dixon, Caleb Howell, Jim Brennan, Jessie Cremer, Elizabeth Jackson, Kathleen Jackson, Marie Lance, Ryan Nethers and Emily Richardson.

Gibbs and Bogard will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair in Nevada.

In other business:

Ashworth said Hayes will offer a one-semester ACT preparation class, and 15 teachers recently were trained at an in-service program. Currently, 38 students are enrolled.

The board was updated on a credit recovery program, which allows students who have failed a course to take it online for class credits. Forty-nine students are enrolled. Summer school will be offered similarly, but with a wider range of classes.