Principal under fire resigns from Berthoud High

By Dan Karpiel

The Surveyor

Dr. Sarah Beth Bliss, finishing her first year as principal of Berthoud High School (BHS) announced on Friday morning that she is resigning her position effective immediately.

Bliss’ one-year tenure at the school had been marred by multiple controversies and a spate of faculty resignations, which could number as high as 15. Word came down Friday morning she was resigning effective immediately and will not be attending Berthoud High graduation services on Saturday morning. Michael DeWall, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, rescinded his prior resignation and will be returning to BHS in the same role.

Dr. Sarah Beth Bliss

Michael Hausman, Public Information Officer for the Thompson School District confirmed Bliss’ resignation via email correspondence with the Surveyor and provided the below correspondence Bliss sent to BHS families:

Berthoud High School Spartan Families, 

Thank you for allowing me to spend this year with you and your exceptional students.  They are outstanding in so many ways and I have been honored to be principal of Berthoud High School.  Support from the community and parents is part of what makes Berthoud High School so special.  

I wanted to let you know that I will not be returning in my role as principal next year and have resigned my position.  Thank you for all you have done to support our students and community.  Mr. DeWall will be staying on in his role as Assistant Principal and Activities Director.  Although I will not be present, he will be attending the Berthoud High School graduation ceremony tomorrow.  I wish him the very best in moving forward in this role in support of the school and school community. 

I hope everyone has a restful, safe and fun-filled summer.  Take care of yourselves and each other. 

My best – 

Sarah Beth Bliss

The Surveyor will have more extensive coverage on this story in the May 30 issue.

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