John Parham has resigned as principal of Prospect Elementary School and has been reassigned as a teacher, Blount County Schools announced Monday.

In a two-sentence letter dated Nov. 20, Parham gave no reason for his decision, saying only that “In light of recent circumstances” he was resigning his role of principal “effective immediately.”

The Daily Times was unable to reach Parham for comment Monday by phone, email or Facebook Messenger to determine why he resigned.

Asked about the circumstances of Parham’s resignation, Director Rob Britt said it came after a discussion with Parham, and there had been no complaints about him.

“I wasn’t disappointed with any element of his performance as principal,” Britt said. “I’m sad to see him go.”

Parham has been reassigned to the BCS alternative program, AIM Academy, on the Everett campus.

He had taught at The King’s Academy for 19 years and been an English teacher at Heritage High School for three years before being named principal at Prospect in 2016.

Alicia Lail, who retired as principal at Union Grove Middle School in 2016, will serve as interim principal at Prospect through Dec. 19, when winter break begins. Then BCS plans to name a new interim principal for the remainder of the school year, according to Monday’s announcement.

Amy Beth earned her degree from West Virginia. She joined The Daily Times in 2016 on the education beat covering Alcoa, Maryville and Blount County school systems.

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