After spending 10 years at Burbank High School, Principal Hani Youssef will leave his post to become director of safety and student services for Burbank Unified.
But leaving the school to work at the district's headquarters is bittersweet for Youssef.
"It's very hard for me to leave Burbank High," Youssef said. "You really feel like you're leaving a very special place where you have this bond with students."
"The good thing is, I get to continue to work with Burbank students," he added.
In 2003, Youssef was hired as an assistant principal for Burbank High by the school's former principal, Bruce Osgood.
For the past two years, he's served as principal of Burbank High and said he's leaving the school "in a great place."
"Everything is smooth," he said of the school. "People here are passionate about kids."
Youssef will step into his new role in July 1. He will work with students who transfer into the district, and help manage student discipline and the district's bullying hotline, among other duties.
In a statement this week, Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz said Youssef "has grown into a proven leader who can make positive changes happen."
"His experience and knowledge of the district and community will aid him" in future success at the district, she said.
The opening for the Burbank High principal job is now being advertised on the district's website.
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