Montrose Elementary principal Tommie Radd will step down at the end of the school year to pursue other career opportunities.

Montrose Elementary principal Tommie Radd will step down at the end of the school year to pursue other career opportunities.

Bexley school board members approved Radd's resignation at the board's Nov. 17 meeting. Her last day is June 30.

Radd was hired in early 2007 to succeed longtime Montrose principal Terry Black, who retired.

According to a district press release, Montrose Elementary students recorded their highest test scores during Radd's tenure.

She also helped change the school's Literacy Collaborative Best Practice from a kindergarten through second-grade program to one that encompasses the entire school population.

Radd also enabled teachers to gain graduate-level academic credit by extending the teacher-training focus at Montrose, according to the district.

Radd said she thought the time was right for a change. At the end of this school year, she will have fulfilled her contract with the district.

"I just have some excellent opportunities before me," she said. "I am so very proud of having worked with Montrose and with the district."

She declined to provide specifics on what her next job might be.

Before coming to Bexley, Radd served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and worked as a counselor, coordinator and teacher in a number of Ohio school districts.

She also is the author of "Teaching and Counseling for Today's World" and "The Grow With Guidance System Series," two method books for teachers.

Superintendent Michael Johnson said Radd accomplished many things for the district.

"Dr. Radd provided important leadership last year," he said in a press release. "We wish her well and support her transition from Bexley."

Johnson said the search for her replacement will begin in February.

"We will involve the community and staff members," he said. "We will probably advertise widely, both locally and across the state."

Johnson added that the selection process will be similar to the one that ended with the hiring of new athletics director Molly Feesler earlier this year.

Radd said she wanted to notify the administration in enough time so there could be a smooth transition to the next principal.

"I want to make sure they have time for a quality transition," she said. "I just really love the community and love the building, and I want to make certain that everything is a definite win-win for everyone."

Radd said that she has enjoyed being part of the Bexley community.

"There are so many wonderful things about Montrose," she said. "Every day, I walk through the doors and get a spark and a smile."