Templeton High School principal plans to step down

Templeton High School Principal Andrew Cherry
Templeton High School Principal Andrew Cherry Courtesy photo

Templeton High School Principal Andrew Cherry is stepping down at the end of the school year to spend more time with his family, he said Tuesday.

“High school principal jobs are a lot of hours a week, and my kids have a lot of things going on outside of school — and I have to miss a lot of them. And I don’t want to miss those things,” he said. "It’s a very tough decision to make — it’s like my second family here. But you can’t get that time back with your kids.”

He plans to stay in the area with his family, but says he isn’t sure what his next career move is.

Cherry, 40, has been with the Templeton Unified School District for about 10 years. He’s led the high school as principal since 2012, overseeing its 760 students and 52 staff members, including 40 teachers.

Cherry says he will remain at his post through June but announced his resignation early so officials could find a replacement.

School district officials weren’t immediately available Tuesday to comment on what’s next for the position but were slated to issue a statement Wednesday.

During his leadership at the high school, Cherry said he’s proud of several initiatives, most notably the recent formation of the school’s STEM academy to expose students to science, technology, engineering and math; increased art programs last summer; and the school’s Culture and Spirit Initiative the last two years to encourage youth to participate in school spirit programs as part of an anti-drug campaign.

The Cal Poly graduate was born in San Luis Obispo and grew up in Atascadero, where his family lives. Their two children attend Templeton elementary and middle schools.