The Chillicothe R-2 School District is starting the search for an elementary school principal to fill the vacancy of Philip Pohren, who will leave Field Elementary School in Chillicothe to become principal at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville, Mo., beginning with the 2018-19 school year.

The Chillicothe R-2 School District is starting the search for an elementary school principal to fill the vacancy of Philip Pohren, who will leave Field Elementary School in Chillicothe to become principal at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville, Mo., beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Pohren has been a building level administrator for 12 years and served the last 10 in Chillicothe. Upon arrival in Chillicothe, he served as principal at Central Elementary School, then accepted the dual role as principal of both Central and Field schools upon the retirement of Paula Grozinger at Field School, and then became full-time principal exclusively at Field School where he has been for the last seven years. Pohren submitted his resignation to the Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education Tuesday evening. His wife, Erin, an art teacher in the district, also submitted her resignation. The move to Maryville will bring the Pohrens closer to their family, said Pohren, who originally is from Red Oak, Iowa (an hour’s drive north of Maryville). His wife’s family resides in Maryville. During his time in Chillicothe, Pohren served as principal at Field School (second and third grades) for all of his children: daughters Ella (who now is a freshman), Katherine and Caroline (now in fifth grade) and Sidney (who is in second grade). Eugene Field School in Maryville has around 500 students in first through fourth grades and is about twice the size of Chillicothe’s Field School. Pohren is to begin his duties as principal there on July 1. Erin will pursue art teaching opportunities. “It is a good opportunity and we’re excited to get closer to family,” Pohren told the Constitution-Tribune on Friday, adding that he and his wife are big Northwest Missouri State University Bearcat fans. Pohren earned his Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from the University of Iowa, his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University and an Educational Specialist degree in administration through William Woods University. Maryville’s superintendent is Becky Albrecht, former superintendent in the Trenton School District. Pohren stated that he has enjoyed the friendships created in Chillicothe and said that announcing his resignation to Field’s faculty and staff was difficult. “I refer to them as a Field family,” he said. “It’s a pretty special group to say good-bye to. We are going to miss our friends here and the school here.” Pohren has been an active member in the community and serves on several boards, including the Cultural Corner Art Guild, Grand River Area Family YMCA, North Missouri Center for Youth and Families, and is an active member of First Baptist Church.