Lakeside High School will be losing more than a football coach next fall.
Lakeside Principal Dr. Steven Rhodes has accepted the job as Thomson High School’s assistant principal and director of Career, Technical and Agricultural Education.
McDuffie County schools Superintendent Jim LeBrun said the McDuffie County Board of Education voted Thursday to approve hiring Rhodes for the position, which will start in the fall.
Rhodes, confirmed in an e-mail Friday that he was taking the job to be closer to his home and family.
“I live in McDuffie County and commute 60 miles per day,” Rhodes said in the e-mail. “I have a daughter who was diagnosed with Type I Diabetes this past October and a daughter who will soon attend Thomson High School. It was a decision to be closer to my girls and to my wife.”
Rhodes came to Lakeside in 2010 from Thomson-McDuffie Junior High School, where he served as principal. He was previously principal of Norris Elementary School in McDuffie County.
His is the second high profile departure announced for Lakeside leadership in the past two weeks.
Last week, Jarrett Troxler, the school’s head football and athletic director announced he would move to Greenbrier High School in the fall to take over that school’s football program.