Fort Collins High School principal Tam Smith was removed from his position in early January and is being moved to an administrative position within Poudre School District.
An email sent to Fort Collins High School families on Jan. 4 alerted them of the leadership change, saying Smith was being moved to a position in the district’s operations department and more information around the decision would not be provided “out of respect for (Smith’s) privacy.”
PSD spokesperson Alex Ballou said Smith's new role "will include but isn’t limited to maintaining the facility maintenance list, data collection and assisting with facility inventory."
The message — sent to families from Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools Scott Nielsen and Executive Director of Human Resources Brett Larsen — did state that “there is no criminal investigation related to this announcement.”
Jen Roth, one of three assistant principals at the school, will serve as point of contact until an interim principal is appointed, according to the district.
Smith had a short tenure at the high school, replacing former principal Mark Eversole when he started the role in fall 2019. He came to Fort Collins from Bulgaria, where he worked as the principal and dean of students at the American College of Sofia.
Smith's departure from Fort Collins High School is the second administrative departure to leave the community with questions in recent years. In the 2019-20 school year, the school's athletic director Skip Caddoo was removed from his post by the district board and paid more than $16,000 to stay home for much of the first semester, according to previous Coloradoan reporting.
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