The Gridley Unified School District is looking for another new principal.

Clint Johnson, former principal at Sycamore Middle School, recently took the same position at Andros Karperos Middle School in Yuba City.

The move will mean a shorter commute for Johnson, who lives in Yuba City.

Johnson’s voice is familiar to the Gridley community: He’s served as the public address announcer for Gridley home football games at the Boneyard for the past few years.

Last week, Johnson was unpacking boxes and setting up his new office at Karperos.

But his thoughts were still back in Gridley, and Johnson said he will always have a soft spot in his heart for the community and the district.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have been a part of your child's education as the Principal of Sycamore Middle School, for the last five years,” Johnson said in a letter to the Gridley community.  

“I want to thank all the students and their families for welcoming me into your school community.   Working at Sycamore has been extremely rewarding, professionally and personally.  I'm proud to have worked with a staff that truly cares about every student and will do whatever it takes to help students be successful.  It was important to me that students and staff wanted to come to school every day, and I believe for most people, that was the case,” 

“Most of all, I'm grateful for the relationships I've made with the families and staff, together, I believe we have made a difference in the lives of children.  I will forever miss Gridley, and the school community.”

Leaving Gridley was a difficult decision, Johnson said, but he’s looking forward to new challenges in his new position.

Johnson’s personal touch and rapport with the staff at Sycamore will be missed. 

Sycamore teacher Rebecca McCarthy said Johnson was very supportive when she went through cancer treatment. 

“Not many administrators would take the time to visit an employee in the hospital,” McCarthy said. 

One of the best things that happened during Johnson’s tenure, McCarthy said, was the reestablishment of the art program at the school. 

“Not only visual arts, but performing arts in that we now have a successful keyboarding class,” McCarthy said.

“Mr. Johnson was a blessing to Sycamore when he became principal,” Sycamore teacher Michelle Solis said. “People come into our lives at certain times and for certain reasons, and he is that special certain person. He brought laughter, leadership, and love. Staff and students appreciated his BIG heart and compassion. Many things are continuously changing in education, and he always told his staff to get our hands dirty...and we did! We learned, we grew, and we were a family. We wish Mr. Johnson best of his luck in his new chapter in life. Mr. Johnson it's your time to "get your hands dirty."