John Tyler Principal Headed To Illinois

Popular John Tyler High School principal Dr. Michael McFarland is leaving East Texas headed for the land of Lincoln.

TISD confirmed today that McFarland is planning to accept a job as an assistant superintendent in Champaign, Illinois.

McFarland has been at TISD for three years now, and was reportedly recruited to help raise test scores in Illinois.

Dr. Karen Rainey with TISD says it will be quite a loss to the district.

"Any talented young person is going to be highly sought after, and so anytime that another district seeks one of our employees, it's a compliment to us that we've chosen well in the first place."

TISD says they have not yet recieved McFarland's official resignation.

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