MARENGO — Highland Local Schools has gained a new superintendent as Dan Freund officially retires after 50 years in education.

Following the Nov. 15 board of education meeting, Nathan Huffman became the new superintendent for the district for the next three years. He is no stranger to the school district, having served as the high school principal from 2012-19 and assistant superintendent for the first part of this school year.

“I’m extremely blessed and very excited to serve the kids and the community,” Huffman said about his new job.

He said that this was a transition year for the district and Freund was in the last year of his contract. This was Freund’s second term as superintendent, serving the district since August of 2017. Freund will stay on as assistant superintendent on an as-needed basis until the end of the school year to help with a smooth transition.

Huffman believes there are no major changes that need to be done in the district but said he will always look for ways to improve.

“Education is always changing,” he said. “We can always find ways to be better.”

Before being principal at Highland High School, Huffman taught math at Olentangy Orange and Highland High School, serving as a track and assistant football coach in both districts. He received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from the Ohio State University. He holds a master’s degree in math education from Wright State University and another in Educational Leadership from the University of Cincinnati. Huffman also completed superintendent course work through the University of Dayton prior to becoming superintendent.

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