After being on personal leave since mid-April, Westerville South High School Principal Steve Andersson has formally resigned.

After being on personal leave since mid-April, Westerville South High School Principal Steve Andersson has formally resigned.

Westerville school board members approved the principal's resignation, effective July 31, at their May 23 meeting.

Scott Reeves, executive director of secondary academic affairs, sent a letter to Westerville South families which stated, "Citing personal reasons, Mr. Steve Andersson last Thursday submitted his resignation as principal ...

"We appreciate the leadership Steve has provided to the Westerville South learning community since joining our district in 2008 and wish him well in the future," Reeves wrote. "Please know that we will begin an immediate, thorough and inclusive process to fill this vacancy."

He said Mark White would continue to serve as interim principal until the vacancy is filled.

Andersson wrote April 18 on the Westerville South webpage, at westerville.k12.oh.us /wshs/Principal, that, "I will be away from the office for several weeks as I attend to a personal matter of great importance to my family and me.

"Without going into great detail, please know that this was a difficult decision, particularly with the end of the school year upon us," he wrote.

He went on to write that he had confidence in his staff to complete the school year successfully in his absence, and "I look forward to seeing everyone upon my return and wish you all the best in the coming weeks as we wrap up the 2015-16 school year."

The Westerville district hired Andersson in 2008, after he served six years as principal at Grandview Heights High School. Before that, he served three years as assistant principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Greg Viebranz, the district's director of communications, said White is no stranger to Westerville South hallways.

"It's actually a bit of homecoming for him, as his career includes serving as assistant principal of Westerville South from 1998-2000," he said.

White had retired in 2012, after a 30-year career in education and serving two years as superintendent of Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools. That district hired him in 2001 as Gahanna Lincoln High School's principal. He served in that position before accepting the assistant superintendent post in 2008, under Gregg Morris.

Viebranz said White is also a published author and serves as a consultant to Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies, as well as on international education initiatives.

A Texas native, White has held a number of teaching positions in Texas and Ohio.

Reeves said the district is also looking to replace the high school athletic director for Westerville North, after Vicki Saunders stepped down from the position.

"Vicki will be returning to the classroom as a physical education teacher and we appreciate the work she's done at North," Reeves wrote in an email.

"Both positions will be posted and filled hopefully in the next month."

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Andersson resigns from principal post at South

Although he may have hoped to return to his post, Westerville South High School principal Steve Andersson has resigned after being on leave since April 18.

Westerville school board members approved Andersson's resignation at the Monday, May 23, board meeting, effective July 31.

Scott Reeves, executive director of secondary academic affairs, sent a letter to Westerville South families yesterday, stating, "Citing personal reasons, Mr. Steve Andersson last Thursday submitted his resignation as principal …

"We appreciate the leadership Steve has provided to the Westerville South learning community since joining our district in 2008 and wish him well in the future," Reeves wrote. "Please know that we will begin an immediate, thorough and inclusive process to fill this vacancy."

He said Mark White would continue to serve as interim principal until the vacancy is filled.

Andersson wrote April 18 on the Westerville South website, westerville.k12.oh.us/wshs/Principal: "I will be away from the office for several weeks as I attend to a personal matter of great importance to my family and me.

"Without going into great detail, please know that this was a difficult decision, particularly with the end of the school year upon us," he wrote.

He went on to write that he had confidence in his staff to complete the school year successfully in his absence, stating "I look forward to seeing everyone upon my return and wish you all the best in the coming weeks as we wrap up the 2015-16 school year."

The district hired Andersson in 2008, after he served six years as principal at Grandview Heights High School. Before that, he served three years as assistant principal at Gahanna Lincoln High School.