NORTH CENTER — Bell Elementary Principal Sandra Caudill has unexpectedly resigned after six years at the helm of the top-rated school and is moving to Disney Magnet school as an assistant principal.
Caudill informed Bell's community of her decision at Thursday night's Local School Council meeting and shared the news with parents via email Friday morning.
"After much soul searching and prayer, I have decided to accept an opportunity that was given to me at another CPS school," Caudill wrote, adding that she had not sought out the new job.
"I am blessed to have this amazing opportunity to grow professionally, work with a colleague/mentor that I hold the greatest respect for, and spend more time with my family, which is of utmost importance to me," she said.
Prior to becoming principal at Bell, 3730 N. Oakley Ave., Caudill served as an assistant principal at the school for six years.
"I will hold dear the friendships I have made and always think fondly of my time at Bell," she said. "Please know that I say goodbye with the best of memories and wishes for you and Bell's future."
Next week will be Caudill's last at Bell, she said.
She did not respond to a request for additional comment.
Bell's enrollment is just shy of 1,000 students. The school, named for Alexander Graham Bell, has a specialized program for deaf students and also serves as a regional gifted center.
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