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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • IVC School Board hunts for new new superintendent

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  • The hunt is on for a new superintendent at Illinois Valley Central School District 321.
    At the Nov. 27 meeting, school board president Mike Denzer said all applications for the superintendent spot, which will be vacated by Dr. Nick Polyak next June, must be turned in by Friday.
    Denzer said once the superintendent search team, which is comprised of the school board members, reviews all the applications, they hope to start face-to-face interviews the week of Dec. 17.
    Denzer added they will also be asking for public input on what is needed from the next leader of the school district.
    "We will be sending out a survey to staff and parents and posting a link on the district website for the community to weigh in as well. We areasking for community input for the criteria they think we need to look at and evaluate for potential superintendents," Denzer said.
    The time frame for searching for a new superintendent is following what board members did in 2003 and 2008, board secretary Lori Garber said, except that the search began a month later this time.
    In other action and discussion, the board:
    • Approved an estimate of revenues from Assistant Superintendent Patrick Hatfield for the 2013-14 school year.
    Hatfield said the necessary tax levy amount for the next school year is $11,896,198.
    During his audit/finance committee report, board member Dave Kinney said the state continues to not come through on money owed to the district.
    "It's discouraging," Kinney said.
    • Heard a report on the district's special education program.
    Special Education Coordinator Beth Gundy said the district had 39 transfers with Individualized Education Programs for the current school year, which brings their number of special education students to 367.
    This is 14.7 percent of the student population at IVC, while the state average is 14.3 percent.
    Gundy said the state has asked IVC to increase the amount of time special education students spend in general education classrooms, with a target goal of 48.2 percent by May 2014.
    As of this fall, IVC's number stands at 42.5 percent.
    Gundy said the district has implemented several programs involving its special education students.
    "There are more than 50 students from CEC and IVC in our Ghost Buddies friendship program. We have an IVC graduate that has started a Special Olympics basketball class at South," Gundy said.
    She added that next spring the district will host two fairs. One will focus on mental health while the other will be a transition fair organized by the life skills teachers that focuses on post secondary support for kids.
    • Approved a personnel contract for Rhonda Renner as an RtI aide at Mossville.

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