On Feb. 1, Pat Cadle will no longer be known as school administrator.

Instead, he will switch hats and continue to be known as a community leader, a caring father and a loving husband.

Cadle will retire Jan. 31 after 33 years with the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District.

"It's hard emotionally," Cadle said about retiring. "Leaving the kids makes it difficult."

He said it has been the love of wanting to help children succeed in life that has kept him in education this long.

Cadle came to the Newcomerstown school district in the 1980-1981 school year and would go on to be the school counselor from 1993 to 2004. For the 2004-2005 school year, Cadle took over the reins as principal at the West Elementary School.

He said he has gone through a cycle or generation of students by having taught students who are now the parents of students in school.

Cadle has been instrumental in obtaining several grants for the school district over the years; to name a few, WNHS 105.7 FM (radio station), PACCT (started back in 1989), the wind turbine, and solar panel project.

But, Cadle is humble with his accomplishments and graciously gives credit to his fellow administrators, staff, teachers and parents that have helped the school district succeed throughout the years.

"It's someone else's turn -- but I've been blessed with great parents and good volunteers that have made a lot of things possible," he said.

Interim Principal Erin Peoples will take over the helm at the principal's desk once Cadle retires.

"She wants to make a difference and she will," Cadle said about Peoples. "I think she will do a good job."

As far as what Cadle plans on doing once he retires, he said wants to be more involved in the community.

Growing up, Cadle said he moved around a lot and this has been the longest he has ever lived in one location so he said, "It (Newcomerstown) is my town."

He said he's excited about what the oil and gas industry and what it will bring to the area.

Cadle serves as the first vice president of the Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, co-chairman of the Newcomerstown Bicentennial Committee, president of Newcomerstown Scholarship Foundation, and on the board of trustees for the Newcomerstown Historical Society.

He also plans on spending more time at home with his wife, Ceri, of 29 years; and two daughters, Mia, 11, and Elena, 9.

"It was a great opportunity (having worked in the Newcomerstown school district)," Cadle said.

And while he said he will miss the day-to-day interaction with students, staff and parents, he will now just be serving them in a different capacity.