Riggs resigns as St. Joseph High School principal

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Kevin Riggs submitted his letter of resignation Friday to end his tenure as principal of St. Joseph High School.

Superintendent Ann Cardon said the Board of Education accepted Riggs’ resignation Friday morning during a special meeting.

The resignation becomes effective June 30. However, Riggs will remain out of school through the remainder of the school year by using the balance of his sick, vacation and personal days.

In a news release sent Friday, Cardon said the decision was made in the interest of both parties.

“We are moving forward, looking onward to a fresh start – and at the same time we have not missed a beat at the high school,” Cardon stated in the release. “Greg Blomgren and Kevin Guzzo have stepped up to do the work of three people and have done a fabulous job.”

Cardon said the district has posted the position internally and will conduct interviews in mid-May. The board’s next regular meeting is May 9.

Riggs was first placed on paid administrative leave in February.

During that time, Cardon said Riggs was tending “to personal issues.” No disciplinary action was taken during Riggs’ two-month absence, as Cardon said no student was involved.

Riggs could not be reached for comment Friday.

According to Herald-Palladium archives, Riggs became principal at St. Joseph in the fall of 2014. Before coming to St. Joseph, Riggs was principal at Hastings High School in Barry County for two years, and principal at Galesburg-Augusta High School for one year.

Riggs, a native of Mishawaka, Ind., graduated from Penn High School in Mishawaka and earned his teaching certificate from Indiana University at South Bend. He taught English at Northridge High School in Middlebury, Ind., for two years before returning to Penn High to teach English, where he became dean of students.

Riggs was an assistant principal at Portage Northern High School for five years, before his time as principal for Galesburg-Augusta and Hastings.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on April 30, 2016)

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