LARWILL — As of July 1, Whitko Community Schools will be led by interim Superintendent Nick Eccles. After a few days of meeting with Steve Clason, who is retiring from the position after roughly a decade of service, Eccles will take over the responsibility of superintendent through December 2018.

During his meetings with Clason, they will go over the history of the budget and what it looks like for the near future, planning for the loss of the middle school and replacing teachers, how each school is uniquely run, and continue any current operations that are working well.

Eccles comes with years of experience within school systems. He was superintendent for three years at North Miami Community Schools and six years at North White School Corp.; was an elementary, middle and high school principal; was the athletic director at Whitko High School 15 years ago; and was an elementary and middle school teacher in Manchester Community Schools.

As a previous staff member of Whitko High School, Eccles has a head start in understanding the school corporation. Using this knowledge and what he will learn in the next six months, he hopes to focus on what is best for the students and make plans, which is especially important during the transition of the seventh- and eighth-graders to the high school.

Whitko Community Schools will post the permanent superintendent position July 1. Eccles is interested in applying for the permanent position if the school feels he is a good fit and if the position seems right for him.

Until then, Eccles is most excited to meet what he considers the biggest asset to the schools: the staff, students and community.

“The people inside the brick-and-mortar of the school are what is most important,” said Eccles, “and no matter where those walls may be, we want to provide whatever is best for the students.”