Mr. Parris shared the news with teachers, students, parents, and pastors on Tuesday morning and stated personal reasons for his decision.
The PAA board met Tuesday night with the Oregon Conference Education Department to discuss the current needs of the school and to define a plan for the future. The principal search began immediately.
Dan Nicola, the Oregon Conference Associate Superintendent of Education shared these words with the PAA staff:
“The most important thing is for each one of us to make this selection process a matter of daily prayer. It is truly amazing to see God work in situations that can, from our human perspective, appear absolutely overwhelming. We will give God the glory because He promises that ‘before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.’ God is indeed in control, and we know that we will have a great outcome because PAA is God’s school.”
It is with that faith that PAA also prays for Mr. Parris and his wife. Parris modeled professionalism even while dealing with major personal losses this year. As both a former student and now a former principal, Mr. Parris holds an important place in PAA history. In his letter of resignation to the staff, students, parents, and pastors, Parris said:
“PAA has always had a special place in my heart and has made a tremendous impact on my life both as a student and a staff member. I will forever cherish the profoundly impactful relationships that I had the privilege of building during my time at PAA. … As I move forward on another journey, the entire PAA community will forever be in my thoughts, my prayers, and my heart.”
As information is available, Portland Adventist Academy will report updates on the search for a new principal.