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Good Counsel and Principal parts ways

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Published on: Thursday, June 09, 2011

By Nick Coletta

John Yore’s brief tenure as principal of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is over. The Olney private school’s president Arthur Raimo announced the surprising change in leadership Monday via a three paragraph email, leaving many unanswered questions as to why the recently appointed principal is not returning.  

“I am writing to inform you that Mr. John Yore will not be returning as principal for the 2011–2012 school year,” Raimo said in the first sentence of the email. After touching on Yore’s positive impact on the school during his 11-month tenure, the email jumped immediately into the future plans of Good Counsel without explaining the reason behind the abrupt change.

Current athletic director Patrick Bates will serve as the interim principal next year while school officials search for a new permanent principal for the 2012-2013 school year, according to Raimo.

The ambiguity of the email sparked speculation as the community tried to reach their own conclusion about the reason behind Yore’s short-lived tenure, according to Michelle Black, whose daughter will be a junior at Good Counsel next year. With the average cost of tuition for one Good Counsel student weighing in at $16,500 per year, Black said parents are not wrong for wanting immediate answers, especially since the situation involves the head of the school.

“I know many of you have questions,” Raimo said. “Unfortunately at this time, I am unable to answer any of them. I am asking you to trust the school leadership as they prepare for the academic year.”

Good Counsel’s marketing and public relations director Stephanie Wilson said school policy prohibits her, and other school employees, from shedding any light on the situation.

“We can’t discuss personnel issues right now; we have nothing more to say at this point,” Wilson said. The school will provide more details when it’s ready, but until then, Wilson’s advice is to “sight tight, if you can.”

Despite his brief tenure at Good Counsel, Yore is a familiar face in the Olney community in part to his previous three-year stint at Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring, which included one year as principal. Yore served as the assistant principal from 2003 to 2004 before being named head of the school in 2005. Just months before taking on the role as principal, Yore and his family were involved in a serious car accident after they were hit by a drunk driver. Taking several months off to recover, Yore returned in time to lead the school.

Sherwood’s current assistant principal Dr. Renée Brimfield, who worked with Yore during his tenure at the Sandy Spring school, said she is shocked and saddened by the situation.

“He is one of the most upstanding, honest people I know,” Brimfield said. “He’s an incredible worker; he worked all the time. If he was awake, he was working.”

Numerous calls and messages to Yore’s Olney home on Monday and Tuesday were not returned.

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