Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt a special meeting Tuesday, the board of education accepted the resignation of Superintendent Dr. Donald Bechtel.\r\n\r\nBechtel came to Pocahontas County in 2013 and finished the 2012-2013 school year as principal at Hillsboro Elementary School. Nine weeks into the 2013-2014 school year, Bechtel was appointed as interim superintendent. From there, the board hired him as superintendent \u2013\u00a0the position he will vacate June 30.\r\n\r\nAddressing the board, Bechtel shared his appreciation for the members support in his two years at the helm of the school system.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m appreciative of your support,\u201d he said. \u201cI feel like in the past two years, collectively, we\u2019ve been able to achieve a lot at each of the five schools. I feel like the morale at the board office\u00a0\u2013 we worked real hard to have opportunities during the past two years to really change the culture here and we\u2019ve been able to do that.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoard president Emery Grimes thanked Bechtel for his service and wished him well.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s a tough environment, it\u2019s a tough place to be in that chair,\u201d Grimes said. \u201cWe hope you succeed at whatever else you may go into or want to do.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cPocahontas is a special place and please know that I value the friendships that I\u2019ve made along the way,\u201d Bechtel replied.\r\n\r\nIn its discussion concerning appointment of an interim superintendent, the board asked Director of Federal Programs and Personnel Director Terrence Beam if he would take the position.\r\n\r\nBeam said he would serve as interim superintendent and shared his thoughts on how he would handle the position.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019m encouraging more communication, especially from the office up here,\u201d he said. \u201cThere needs to be a go-between for the community and the employees and the board of education. I think the more communication you have, the less problems we\u2019ll have on Monday nights.\u201d\r\n\r\nBeam said he wants to bring a more positive atmosphere to the board of education meetings.\r\n\r\nIn a unanimous vote, the board approved appointment of Beam as interim superintendent.