Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts High School Principal’s Resignation

The Eastern Pulaski School Board is getting ready to say goodbye to a couple longtime staff members at the end of the school year.

Board members formally accepted the resignation of High School Principal Rick DeFries Monday. He’s been serving in that role for the past 16 years and served as the school’s assistant principal before that. It was announced last month that DeFries will take over as principal at Covenant Christian High School in DeMotte in July.

DeFries thanked school officials for the opportunity to work at Eastern Pulaski Schools for the past 19 years, noting that it’s been a great place to work with great people to work with. He added that the new job will put him back in his hometown and allow him to be closer to his and his wife’s parents.

Meanwhile, the Eastern Pulaski School Board also approved the retirement of elementary school art teacher Lynn Darda at the end of the school year. She’s spent a total of 32 years in education, with 28 of those being at Eastern Pulaski.