Out of a field of 25 candidates, Blooming Grove has chosen Randy O’Brien as the new high school principal. The school board confirmed his hiring Wednesday night at its regular board meeting.

O’Brien, 45, was a former middle school principal in Tarkington ISD, a district about an hour north of Houston. He has also worked at schools in Conroe, Willis and Montgomery school districts.

“I felt like he was the best qualified candidate,” said Superintendent Mike Baldree. “He seems to be a people person, and a good communicator. He has the background and experience to be successful.”

O’Brien said he found Blooming Grove while looking for a small town for his family. He is married and he and his wife have three children.

“It met what we were looking for,” O’Brien said.

“I like the small-town setting. I feel more connected to the students, faculty and community,” he said in a telephone interview Thursday. “It’s just my preference to work in a small-town setting.”

O’Brien has a degree in business, and worked in retail management for seven years before becoming a teacher, then administrator. He’s been an administrator for the last nine years.

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Janet Jacobs may be contacted via e-mail at jacobs@corsicanadailysun.com

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