Peoria Notre Dame principal leaving

Feb 27, 2014

The principal of Peoria Notre Dame High School is leaving to take on a new position at another educational institution.

A release from the school says Charlie Roy accepted a leadership role as President at Villanova Preparatory Catholic High School in Ojai, California.

Roy has been principal at Peoria Notre Dame since 2007. In a statement, Roy says he was not looking to leave the school but felt the new position at Villanova was an opportunity he didn’t want to pass up. Students at Notre Dame reportedly protested outside the school about Roy’s departure because they were unsure of why he was leaving.

Assistant Principal at the high school, Randy Simmons, will take over Roy’s position for the remainder of the school year.   

Roy's written statement:

“For the past seven years it has been my pleasure to serve as your principal. Whatever you have learned from me please know I’ve learned more from you. This new position I’ve accepted, is a unique professional and personal opportunity for me, and while I was not looking to leave Peoria Notre Dame or Peoria, in the end, I felt like I could not  pass this up. Mr. Randy Simmons will fill in for me as interim principal through the reminder of the year. This will give me time to transition to my new position. Mr. Simmons and I have been friends and colleagues for the last ten years and you are in very capable hands.”