The Community R-VI Board of Education welcomed Nick Larson to fill the position of superintendent for the school system, succeeding Cheryl Mack, who recently retired.
Larson said he seeks to fill the position with the heart of the community in mind.
“I am excited about getting to know the kids and the community. There is a lot of great tradition at Community R-VI and I look forward to keeping that going.”
Larson arrived to his new position after being the high school principal at Montgomery County—and before that—as the assistant principal at Centralia High School.
“Helping students and staff meet their goals,” Larson explained was one of his favorite parts about being involved in education.
Every new endeavor comes with challenges. Larson said he believes one of his biggest challenges at Community R-VI will be sustaining the excellence that the community has become accustomed to.
He said, “When you perform at such a high level for so long, that standard is difficult to maintain, but it’s something I think we can do.”
Larson currently resides in Montgomery City with his wife, Haley, and their daughter, Karter Nichole. Larson is a proud new father.
“My lovely wife and I just recently had our baby girl,” he said.
Outside of school responsibilities, Larson said he enjoys being outdoors.
“In my spare time I like to ride my four-wheeler, hunt, fish and golf. I enjoy grilling and being around family and friends,” he said.
Larson graduated high school in Liberty and continued his undergraduate education at William Jewell College. He currently has a master’s and specialist from William Woods University, and he will complete his doctoral classes in education leadership this September at William Woods University.
Larson said he is looking forward to the 2021-22 school year.
“I am thankful to the school board for the tremendous opportunity to lead the Community R-VI Trojan family. I look forward to seeing everybody back in the building in August.”