DeLAND — An assistant principal at Heyworth Junior/Senior High School has been hired as the next principal for DeLand-Weldon schools.
New hire Ben Barth plans to be on hand at DeLand-Weldon parent-teacher conferences from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14 to meet residents and parents of the school district.
The school board approved the hiring of the former Mahomet-Seymour instructor and coach to the K-12 position last month. On July 1, he will take the reigns from Russ Corey, who is retiring after 19 years as a DeLand-Weldon administrator, the last eight as K-12 principal.
While overseeing all 13 grades can seem daunting, Barth said it is the aspect that most appealed to him.
"I grew up in New Berlin and went to a parochial school, and it had two teachers for eight grades. I had six people in my class, and I really enjoyed it," said Barth.
"Some would look and think the district (DeLand-Weldon) is too small, but I'm comfortable with it," added Barth of the 190-student district. "I get to see kids from kindergarten all the way through 12th grade."
Barth, of Clinton, earned his teaching degree at Illinois State University and began his career with a two-year stint as a history teacher and track/cross country coach at Lanphier High School in Springfield. He then landed at Mahomet-Seymour Junior High School and stayed 12 years as a social studies instructor and track coach.