Ann Gattis
Ann Gattis (Courtesy of Ann Gattis)

FARMINGTON — Two top Piedra Vista High School officials will leave at the end of the school year.

Principal Ann Gattis announced plans earlier this week to retire when the school year ends. On Wednesday, Kelly Thur said he will resign as the school's athletic director, effective at the end of the school year.

District Superintendent Janel Ryan commended both Gattis and Thur for their work at the high school.

"I appreciate the work they've both done, and they've meant a lot to Piedra Vista," Ryan said.

Thur cited "personal issues" for his departure and declined to elaborate.

"I enjoyed my time with the PV community," he said.

Thur served as the school's athletic director for the past five years. Before that, he was the dean of students and a teacher at Aztec High School.

During his time at PV, the Panthers won 12 team sports championships — four softball, four wrestling, three baseball and one for boys track and field.

"It says a lot about the community. We have a lot of great kids and families," Thur said of the school's athletic success. "There has been a lot of dedication from the kids and the coaching staffs here."

Gattis announced her retirement to school staff on Tuesday. After 28 years with the school district, she said she is looking forward to spending more time with her husband, Jerry.

"I just thought it might be a good time to do something for myself, to step back and take a year off," Gattis said. "See what retirement is like and look at my options after that."

Ryan said Gattis is one of the most professional, positive and hardworking principals she has worked with.

"I'm going to miss her dearly," Ryan said. "She truly cares about her kids. She has a vision for the direction she wants education to go. She's outstanding."

Kelly Thur
Kelly Thur (The Daily Times file photo)

Gattis taught at Bloomfield High School before moving to Tibbetts Middle School, where she taught physical science for seven years. She then transferred to Farmington High School and taught biology and advanced placement biology and was one of the district science fair sponsors for 10 years.

Gattis returned to Tibbetts as assistant vice principal for three years before becoming principal at Piedra Vista, where she has been for the last eight years.

Among the things Gattis said she is proud of during her time at Piedra Vista is the school winning an award from High Schools That Work, a national student achievement improvement program, in 2011. She also touted the school earning an A grade from the state's A-F school assessment last year.

"I'm very proud of my tenure at Piedra Vista High School and all the good things we have done here," Gattis said. "It's been a wonderful way to end my career."

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.

Josh Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him @jperrysuu on Twitter