By David Fong
TROY — It came down to a decision of the head vs. one of the heart.
And in the end, no matter how hard William Overla’s heart pulled, he felt as though he had to leave as principal of Troy High School to face a new set of challenges and opportunities.
Tuesday evening, Overla — Troy High School’s head principal since the fall of 2011 — was hired by the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Englewood, where he’ll serve as a supervisor on the center’s administrative team.
“This is probably one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make,” said Overla, who has turned in his resignation to the Troy Board of Education and let his staff members know of his decision. “In life, sometimes you get those internal struggles where you do have to make a decision that is the heart vs. the head. When that happens, you’ve got to decide which one you are going to go with — and time only tells if it was the right decision.”
The vacant position has been posted on the Troy City Schools district website. The deadline to apply is June 22.
“I’m proud of what he’s accomplished and that it’s led to this opportunity for him,” Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman said. “So while I’m a little sorry to see him go; I’m happy that he has this opportunity. The job has been posted. We’ll see what comes in — and whether we have any internal applicants — and then we’ll go from there.”
Before becoming the head principal at Troy, Overla had served two separate stints as an assistant principal at the school, in addition to working as an assistant principal at Troy Junior High School. He also had previously worked at the Upper Valley Career Center and in various positions within the Vandalia, Milton-Union and Sidney school districts.
Overla was a popular figure among students at Troy High School, preaching the concept of the “Trojan Family,” while often leading the student body in the singing of the school alma mater during pep rallies and other school functions. He was a fixture at the school’s extra-curricular activities, attending all manner of sporting events, concerts, schools plays and academic events throughout the school year.
“If Troy wasn’t such a special place, this would have been an easy decision for me,” Overla said. “My No. 1 hang up about leaving this place is the kids, the faculty and the administrators I had the opportunity to work with. I will truly miss everything about the high school. I’ll miss the kids, the staff and the community.
“I’d like to thank the parents for giving us the opportunity to work with their kids — their greatest and most valuable resource. I’m going to miss the Trojan Family. I can promise you, this isn’t a decision I took lightly. I went back and forth many times before I finally settled on this decision.”
While he’ll miss Troy, Overla said he looks forward to the new opportunities that await him at the Miami Valley CTC.
“Going to the Miami Valley CTC offers me a number of opportunities to grow and advance professionally,” he said. “It also gives me the opportunity to provide some different benefits for my family.”
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