HAMMOND | Longtime Bishop Noll Institute Principal Colleen McCoy-Cejka is leaving the school for greener pastures.
McCoy-Cejka will become the assistant superintendent of the Diocese of Phoenix, overseeing curriculum in a diocese with six high schools and 26 elementary schools. She begins her new job in Arizona Aug. 1.
The last day for McCoy-Cejka, who has been BNI principal for five years, was June 7. She said she is proud of the accomplishments at Bishop Noll during her tenure.
For the first time this year, BNI has been named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education, she said.
Each year, the state department recognizes schools that perform in the upper 25th percentile of schools in performance on ISTEP-Plus and end-of-course assessment state exams given to high school students. Schools' ratings by the national No Child Left Behind statute's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) also are taken into account.
Bishop Noll was one of 313 schools that received the state honor.
McCoy-Cejka said she also is proud the high school earned accreditation through the AdvancEd program. AdvancEd, formerly known as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, is the largest accreditation agency in the world.
McCoy-Cejka said administrators and teachers worked on the process for two years.
A search committee already has begun the process of replacing McCoy-Cejka. She said they hope to have a new principal in place by July 1.