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New Ardmore High Principal Named

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ARDMORE, OK -- Many were upset when a popular high school principal's resignation in Ardmore was accepted back in March.

More joined them after the board voted to not rescind his letter.

Tonight, the Ardmore Board of Education named a new principal for next year.

About 75 people attended Tuesday night's Board of Education meeting in Ardmore.

Most of them awaiting a decision about the district's high school principal position.

The board went into executive session at 6:13 to discuss recommendations for various positions across the district. It took them just more than an hour before they returned and put those to a vote.

In a 4-0-1 vote, with board president Willie Tiller recusing, elementary assistant principal Jake Falvey became Ardmore's new high school principal.

Supporters of Kim Holland were upset at the result.

"We don't understand the decision when they assured us that it would be the most qualified individual," said Glen Burns, a supporter for Holland.

The new high school administrator wanted to first thank the former principal.

"I'm honored and humbled by this opportunity," said Falvey, a Boston native. "He has made this a more desirable job."

Students say social media exploded when news got out. Many concerned with the board's decision

"I've heard good things about Mr. Falvey." said Michael Bart, a student who recently graduated from Ardmore Schools. "So I'm hoping that we're not losing all of the greatness. But it is still very upsetting."

Ardmore high's new principal says he's excited to begin working with teachers and students for the coming school year.

"I want to know them all in the first week or two," said Falvey. "I ask the community folk to rally behind as we unify and move forward."

Board president Willie Tiller and Superintendent Sonny Bates could not be reached after Tuesday's meeting.

Falvey has been in the Ardmore district for 10 years and has more than 20 years of experience as a high school teacher.

Ardmore will begin school on August 20.