by Robin Gee
In a heartfelt letter to students, staff and the Bellevue community, Bellevue High School and Middle School Principal Dave Eckstein announced he will be stepping down from his position on February 1 due to his medical condition.
He shared information about his medical journey since contracting a serious viral infection last summer that has damaged his heart. Since learning he will need more time to recover, he decided to retire.
“My life has been much richer thanks to the relationships that were forged in Bellevue,” Eckstein said in his letter. He thanked all the “Bellevue Tigers,” his fellow educators and the entire community for its support and warm wishes during his illness.
Eckstein began his education career in 1985 as assistant football coach at Boone County High School. After earning an English/secondary education degree from Northern Kentucky University, he continued his career as both coach and teacher at Boone County, Ryle and Carroll County high schools. He joined Bellevue High School in 2005 as English Department chair and head football coach, becoming assistant principal and transportation director in 2008. He was named principal in 2011.
Bellevue Independent Schools Superintendent Robb Smith said, “It has been my honor to work with a dedicated educator like Dave Eckstein. While I am sad that he is leaving, I am thankful for the two-and-a-half years that I’ve had the opportunity to work with him.”