High School Principal Paid to Resign in West St. Paul

Updated: 02/07/2013 7:59 AM KSTP.com By: Maricella Miranda

The West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan school district disclosed few details Wednesday explaining why the long-time principal at Henry Sibley High School abruptly resigned.

Robin Percival, the school's principal, resigned from her job following a separation agreement reached Monday with the school district, according to the district.

As part of the agreement, Percival received $64,590 - the equivalent of her salary and benefits for the rest of the school year.

A message for Percival was not immediately returned Wednesday afternoon.

Percival has worked in the district for five years. Her voluntary resignation was effective Jan. 28, the agreement says.

"Percival resigned to settle any and all disputes between her and the district," said Carrie Hilger, district spokeswoman. She declined to comment further on the reasons for her resignation.

In accordance with state law, the district states that it has made all aspects of the separation agreement public without violating the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

"While the district seeks to be transparent with our stakeholders, it has an obligation to protect the privacy of its current and former employees by following the requirements of Minnesota data privacy laws," the district said in a statement. "It cannot release nonpublic data on employees."

The school's current associate principal, Tom Orth, will serve as interim principal for the remainder of the school year, the district reported.

A search for a new high school principal will begin in the spring. Plans are for a new principal to be hired by the beginning of next school year.

Click here to read the separation agreement.