With two months left before the start of school, Ripon school officials find themselves facing a familiar task — replacing an administrator.

This comes as another Ripon principal is set to depart later this summer: Ripon Middle School/Catalyst Principal Tom Hoh.

Hoh’s resignation continues a string of upper-level resignations or retirements in the Ripon Area School District, beginning with the departure of Superintendent Richard Zimman in spring 2013.

Since that time, the district has had to replace its K-2 principal, curriculum coordinator, business manager, student services director, technology director, high school principal and now middle school principal.

Ripon Superintendent Mary Whitrock pointed to a number of factors that influence turnover.

“The changes in benefits, the elimination of residency requirements, the shortage of administrative candidates state-wide, and the increased stress and pressure in public education over the past three years have made administrative movement more likely,” she said. “Declining enrollment, increased accountability and reductions in funding have resulted in a very competitive environment in public education.”

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