Principal's Message

"Happy New Year!", and a warm wecome back to the 2014-2015 school year!  On behalf of the whole Defer Intermediate staff, we are extremely excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with our students & families to make this school year the best yet!  Our goal has not changed - we strive to provide your student(s) with as many tools as possible to help them succeed in their educational career during the 21st century.  Ultimately, this will be achieved through building positive relationships, building on academic progress, and enhancing the positive culture at Defer Intermediate School.


As for myself, I am a Cleveland-area native and graduate of Twinsburg High School.  I received my undergraduate degree at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, specializing in Middle Childhood Education (mathematics and language arts, grades 4-9).  My teaching experience was at River Valley Middle School in Caledonia, Ohio (near Marion) teaching 8th grade mathematics & Algebra I from 2002-2008.  During that time, I was the Head Soccer Coach and JV Boys Basketball Coach at River Valley High School.  I received my Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of Findlay in May of 2008.  In 2008, I moved from the classroom at RVMS to the Assistant Principal/Athletic Director position within the building until 2010.  Most recently I have served at Wickliffe Middle School as first the assistant principal in 2010 and as principal since February 2012.  I have been fortunate to have a variety of experiences in my career so far that have prepared me for school and educational leadership.


I look forward to meeting so many of you that reside in this wonderful community!  Below are many different ways we can communicate throughout the school year:


  • WEBSITE: Please visit our website often at for the latest happenings at Defer Intermediate.  Information included will be: 2013-14 calendar of important dates, lunch menus, staff contact information & individual webpages, and ongoing updates.
  • PHONE: 330-422-4800 (direct line to my office)
  • E-MAIL:
  • TWITTER: Please consider following us (@SCSD_DeferIS) on Twitter.  I hope to provide quick updates on happenings here at Defer & also highlight many of the wonderful things are teachers and students do day in and day out.

We will see you soon!


Yours in Education,


William Basel, Principal