Chad Allison was not applying simply for a new job when he submitted his resumé to the Illinois Valley Central school board, he was choosing a place to raise his children.
The 41-year-old did not apply anywhere else.
The IVC District 321 school board approved Allison as the district's next superintendent at Saturday morning's meeting.
He likened the size of the school district to where he grew up: Bryan, Ohio. While being a smaller community, educational opportunities still were available.
"IVC is big enough to offer a strong fine arts and vocational programs," he said. One of the struggles he faces in his current district is cutting programs without hurting children's education due to finances in Montgomery County.
The district is a little bigger than Litchfield, where he currently is the superintendent.
He will take over the helm July 1, as Dr. Nick Polyak leaves for the superintendent's position at Leyden Community High School District in Chicago.
With his wife and children with him, Allison was able to visit with school board members as well as school administrators who were also at the annual long-range planning meeting.
The board had about 17 applicants for the position, which they narrowed to six individuals for face-to-face interviews. Two returned for second interviews, and then Allison was chosen.
"His background and experience align well with our mission and objectives," said Denzer, adding that his focus of curriculum and finances "mirrored" the IVC school district.
His contract is for four years with a $140,000 base salary. He has no automatic raises, Denzer said, but will be dependent on making goals.
To make sure his family are "official Grey Ghosts," Denzer gave them a variety of shirts and umbrellas from High 5 Sports for him and his family.
Allison's wife, Kristy, is a former special education teacher. They have three sons, James in first grade, Connor, 4, and Ryan, 1.
When not working, Allison takes the boys for a few holes of golf and a little swimming. They recently bought a camper, and Allison said his boys affectionately named it, "Bill."
"We are all very, very excited to join the IVC community — (we) appreciate it very much," Allison told the board.