On Saturday morning, Riverside Christian Academy’s governing board announced, with much sadness and regret, that James Bryant, RCA’s president of nearly six years, has resigned.

During his tenure at RCA, Bryant oversaw many improvements, advocated for the school on many different levels, brought an overall increase in enrollment, improved student retention, and increased the number of donations for school operations and improvements.

“We are thankful for his years of service to the Riverside family, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Phil Cooper, Riverside Church shepherd.

RCA’s governing board is beginning an immediate search for a new school president; in the meantime, Cara Sain, RCA’s principal, will serve as the interim head of school. Sain has served in this capacity during times of transition in the past and is qualified to continue the school’s day-to-day operations until a permanent replacement is identified, authorities said.

“God has blessed RCA with dedicated and caring faculty and staff. We have weathered difficult transitions before because of God’s blessings on this ministry and the teachers and staff who continue to serve our students and families and put them first. Riverside has always been blessed with families that believe passionately in the mission of this school, and trust that God will continue to bless us with their prayerful support,” said Dr. Kyle Spears, RCA’s board chairman.

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