NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — New Bern High School’s principal and a school counselor have been put on paid leave for an unspecified reason.

Craven County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Wagner confirmed to WNCT’s Sarah Gray Barr that Principal Jerry Simons and school counselor Heidi Ricks have been put on paid suspension from school. She cited privacy laws as the reason why it was not released why they were put on leave.

New Bern will have a new principal, Dr. Daryl Thomas, on July 1. Thomas is moving from the principal at J.H. Rose High School after Simmons announced he was retiring earlier this year.

Craven County Schools issued a statement regarding the suspension, saying “On Tuesday, May 30th, Mr. Jerry Simmons, New Bern High School principal, and Mrs. Heidi Ricks, New Bern High School counselor, were both suspended with pay. The school system is not able to share further details given the confidential nature of personnel information. The four assistant principals are on site and available if any need arises at New Bern High School.”