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Clark-Pleasant schools has completed a statewide, yearlong search and found a new principal for Whiteland Community High School.

Tom Zobel, who has been principal of Shelbyville High School since 2005, will take over as Whiteland’s principal next school year.

Zobel has been at Shelbyville since 2002, where he started as an assistant principal. Before that he was principal of Indian Creek High School from 2001 to 2002. He also worked at Southwestern (Shelby) Junior/Senior High School and Roncalli High School, according to a news release from Clark-Pleasant schools.

Zobel, who will be paid a salary of $105,000 next year, will lead a staff that includes more than 75 teachers and a school with an enrollment of more than 1,600 students.

He will work with other Clark-Pleasant school officials to decide how to best deal with the school district’s rapidly growing enrollment along with funding issues. Property tax caps limit the amount of money Clark-Pleasant collects each year, and that restricts the funds the school district has to maintain and add to buildings or to construct new ones.

Zobel is the fourth principal Whiteland Community High School has had since the 2009-10 school year.

Tom Galovic left Whiteland in 2010 and was replaced by interim principal John Schilawski. Scott Kern was hired as the high school’s principal for the 2011-12 school year but left after the school year to take a job with Mooresville schools. Schilawski stepped in again this year as interim principal.

Next year, Schilawski will become an assistant superintendent with Clark-Pleasant and primarily will oversee and develop the school district’s policies for middle and high school students.

Clark-Pleasant’s school board also has been searching for a new superintendent this year.

Board members wanted to fill the principal position soon so that the new superintendent’s first task wasn’t finding a leader for the high school.

The school board is interviewing superintendent candidates and could make a decision by the end of the month, board member E. Curtis Harris said.

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