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Northville Administrator's Transfer Means More Time with Family

Robert Watson informed Northville school officials he plans to leave his post as assistant high school principal. But he's not going far.

Robert Watson, an assistant high school principal for Northville Public Schools, will transfer to a similar role at Hillside Middle School in the fall. (Photo: LinkedIn)
Robert Watson, an assistant high school principal for Northville Public Schools, will transfer to a similar role at Hillside Middle School in the fall. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Longtime Northville Public Schools administrator Robert Watson is leaving – sort of.

Currently the principal at Northville High School, Watson plans to transfer to a new role as assistant principal at Hillside Middle School next fall, the Observer & Eccentric reports.

The move helps the district address the need for added administrative support at the middle school, but also will free up more time for Watson to spend with his family, he said.

“Each year, I have expanded my role significantly and I have found myself spending less time with my wife and my three sons,” Watson told the newspaper. “Before long, my sons will be grown up and off to college. It is through my reflection over the past several months that I came to this decision to request a transfer.”

Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher said that in the next month, she will schedule time with staff, students and parents to get feedback on qualities they’d like to see in a new high school principal.

Watson’s replacement should be named by late May or early June, the newspaper said.
JS March 25, 2014 at 02:23 AM
Rob will certainly be missed at the high school. He is a phenomenal leader. Note to Editor-The article begins incorrectly stating he is currently assistant high school principal.
Carol Maynard March 25, 2014 at 06:57 AM
He is making a wise decision. Spend time with your own children while you can. The days are long, but the years are short. And you can never go back. However, sometimes the job of Assistant Principal can be more time consuming than Principal. Good luck to him.
Emily Serafa Manschot March 25, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Rob, good luck with your new position. I enjoyed working for you and with you. You are the best. Stay well, my friend, and spend more time with your lovely family. Those years do go by fast!
Denise Nash March 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Mary Kay is looking for qualities we want in a principal? Look at Rob Watson! Thanks for being a terrific guy who knows how to talk to people...something others need to learn from you.

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