CLEAR LAKE | Clear Lake Schools will be seeking an interim middle school principal for the remainder of the school year, school board members decided Tuesday.
Middle school principal Steve Kwikkel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2017 and is no longer able to work due to his health.
For a well-liked Clear Lake principal, it’s all about the kids — whether it’s three of his own or the hundreds of middle-schoolers he oversees.
Cancer has shown up in his lungs and liver and more treatment is not an option, Kwikkel said in a public Facebook post last week. He said doctors have given him two to four months to live.
“Time to enjoy and reflect on the helluva good life the Good Lord provided me,” Kwikkel wrote.
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In an interview with the Globe Gazette in October 2017, Kwikkel said he doesn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him and that he gets through his diagnosis by "asking God to help me be great for someone who needs it."
When he broke the news to his three children, he told them cancer was a “challenge God has put before me.”
“He has something I’m supposed to learn from this experience,” Kwikkel said in October.
Kwikkel, who has been a middle-level educator for more than three decades, has worked at Clear Lake since 2013. He was honored with the Iowa Middle Level Principal of the Year award in 2011.