The resignation of Webster City High School Principal John Elkin was accepted by the Webster City Community School District Board of Directors at a special meeting on Monday.
Elkin has accepted the position of principal at Carlisle Middle School. He will move to the community southeast of Des Moines with his wife, Jamie, whose resignation from teaching at Sunset Heights Elementary School was also approved on Monday.
The departure from Webster City is bittersweet for Elkin. Having spent 10 years in Webster City, Elkin said it's the longest place he has lived since childhood. In those years, Elkin said he grew professionally through training and support.
"The school district made a substantial investment in me," Elkin said. "I'm a better educator because of it."
Elkin said he also grew personally while in Webster City. He said he will miss his friends and exceptional local support for the Midwest Rampage football team which he played for.
At his new position, Elkin said he will continue to grow professionally. He will also be closer to his wife's family who live in Des Moines. Elkin said moving now will be easier on his young children, ages two and four, who will be able to go through most of their educational careers in one community.
While Elkin said he is excited for his new position and the new challenges it will present, it's still difficult for him to leave Webster City.
"I have a lot of good memories here. I'll always be thankful to Webster City, the district and the community, for being so kind to me and my family," Elkin said.
Superintendent Mike Sherwood said Elkin told him that he had been offered the position last week. The district then posted an anticipated opening for the position online. With the position now officially open, Sherwood said the district has received seven applications as of Monday. He said those applications will be processed later this week and the district will look to begin the interview process next week.
Sherwood thanked both John and Jamie Elkin for their service to the district.
"I appreciate all they've done and I wish them well in their next endeavor," Sherwood said.