Blain White has been hired as the new high school and middle school principal for USD 350.

A new principal will the walking the halls at St. John-Hudson High School and Junior High for the 2018-2019 school year. Blain White will replace principal Travis Olive who is leaving to become athletic director at Augusta. Olive served three years as elementary principal and two years as junior high and senior high principal during his time at USD 350, said St. John-Hudson Superintendent Josh Meyer.

"I'm sorry to lose Travis but I'm excited about White and where he's going to take our school in the next several years," Meyer said.

White comes to St. John-Hudson after serving at 24 years at Lakin High School as a classroom teacher, coach, director of student services and finally as assistant principal. He taught social studies and coached basketball, track and football but mostly football, White said.

Before moving to Lakin, White started his teaching career at Ness City.

White will begin his duties on Aug. 1 but has already been visiting the school campus and had a chance to meet with students, staff and patrons. He attended a community service day and got to watch some of the kids work.

Meyer said the Board of Education received 15 applications for the position and they interviewed four. They chose White because of his experience as an administrator, a director of student services and scheduling were reasons he was chosen for the position. Although White hasn't led a building by himself, his experience at Lakin will help him handle the job at USD 350, Meyer said.

"We believe Mr. White is a great fit for our district and his leadership skills will help continue to move our district forward. He will provide a strong presence in the office," Meyer said. "He has already developed relationships with some of the staff and students. He will start on a positive note in August."

White said he was interested in coming to St. John because its a small community with lots of pride and already has a good reputation. When he visited campus, he knew it where he belonged.

"When I walked in the building, I already felt at home. It's a good fit for me and a good fit personality wise," White said.

He said he enjoys doing what he does he gets to help students and teachers become better versions of themselves.

As for the future, White is excited about the business class running a pizza place and he hopes there will be more projects like that. Once he is on campus full time and sees

He wants to focus on the positives at the school and will be posting monthly updates on whats going on in the school.

White is married to Becky and they have two grown children and have just had their first grandson that is also their first grandchild. He likes camping, hunting, reading and treasure hunting with his metal detector. His favorite thing to find is old toys.