After challenges at Murchison Middle School led principal to resign, a new one begins work


AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than a month after Murchison Middle School’s principal abruptly resigned, citing “recent challenges” at the school, a new principal is officially stepping in.

Beth Newton, who was named interim principal in the absence of Brad Clark, is now officially leading the school after the Austin School Board confirmed her. 

Newton had been principal of Hill Elementary school, which is now looking for a new leader. In the meantime, Jack Drummond is taking in the role through the end of the school year. 

“I will forever treasure the memories and friendships made over the years as your campus principal. Thank you for trusting me to lead our amazing community,” Newton wrote in a letter to the elementary school, adding she hoped to see many of her former students at her new school.

Clark had sent out a letter to parents Feb. 6 announcing his resignation. 

“Given the most recent challenges with which we have been faced as a learning community, I have decided to step down as principal of Murchison Middle School, so that a new leader can bring healing to our campus,” he wrote.

The campus had seen many issues in the past year, and Clark had sent letters home to parents about fights on campus, a student who brought an airsoft gun to school and an “incident” involving students that APD was investigating, which turned out to be a reference to two students charged with murdering an Anderson High School student.

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