Brownwood High School will have a new principal next year.

Bill Faircloth, who has been principal at the school for 10 years, is retiring in May, and Brownwood school Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe will recommend to the school board Faircloth's replacement at Monday night's school board meeting.

Blincoe said he'll recommend an internal candidate. He declined to name the person.

"He's going to retire and ride off into the sunset," Blincoe said. "Bill does a fabulous, fabulous job for us."

Faircloth won't be completely riding off into the sunset just yet. Blincoe said Faircloth will do a little work for the district next school year but Faircloth's days as principal will end May 31.

Blincoe said the search for Faircloth's replacement was kept "in-house."

"We knew we had some candidates who could carry on" as the new principal, Blincoe said.

Faircloth, reached briefly by phone at home late Wednesday afternoon, said he'll have more comments at school Thursday. In the meantime, Faircloth said he wanted to convey how much he has enjoyed his job and appreciated the community.

School board members will meet at 6:30 p.m. and will take up a handful of matters before going into executive session to discuss Faircloth's replacement. Those items include a discussion on secondary accident insurance for Brownwood athletes and a discussion on a direct energy proposal. School board members will also consider approving the school calendar for the upcoming school year.

Board members will enter executive session to discuss the principal, and will reconvene into open session, where Blincoe will make a recommendation to the board.

Faircloth, a graduate of Abilene Cooper High School, received a bachelor's degree in education from Howard Payne University. He received a master's degree from Tarleton state University.

Faircloth and his wife, Suzanne, have two sons and six grandchildren.