After three years with Reynoldsburg schools, Tyrone Olverson will leave his position as principal of Waggoner Junior High School July 31 to become principal of Licking Heights High School.

After three years with Reynoldsburg schools, Tyrone Olverson will leave his position as principal of Waggoner Junior High School July 31 to become principal of Licking Heights High School.

The Reynoldsburg Board of Education accepted his resignation July 21.

Olverson came to the district in 2006 as principal of Reynoldsburg Junior High. Prior to that, he was principal of Lincoln Heights Elementary School in the Cincinnati Princeton school district.

District human resource director Sonia Postema said the open position was posted last week but the interview process has not begun yet.

Superintendent Steve Dackin said within the next week or so, applicants' resumes will be screened and from that, candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Meanwhile, in Olverson's absence, Dackin said WRJH assistant principal Kasey Rathburn will manage the building and schedules.

Dackin said he was aware Olverson had been looking for other career opportunities so his resignation was not really a surprise.

"Tyrone is always looking for career opportunities for himself and I think he saw this as a good opportunity for goals he has on down the road, so I wish him well," Dackin said.

He said ultimately, it would be nice to secure a candidate for the position and have them approved and hired by the next board meeting on Aug. 17.

The Licking Heights Board of Education approved hiring Olverson during a special meeting on July 9.

"We had over 50 candidates for the job and given Tyrone's emphasis and proven experience with instructional leadership, he'll be a good fit," Superintendent Thomas Tucker said. "He is an absolute phenomenal instructional leader and he also has done quite a bit of work along the lines of improving school climate.

"When you can get a principal who is a dynamo with instructional leadership, working with school climate and students and staff and community, you can't go wrong with that," Tucker said.