St. Joe-Ogden board hires school leader

ST. JOSEPH - St. Joseph-Ogden High School board members have picked a Mahomet-Seymour administrator to be their new superintendent.

At the board's regular meeting Monday night, attended by all seven board members, Vic Zimmerman was selected to replace retiring Jim Morgan, who splits his time as chief administrator at the high school and at Ogden Grade School.

Zimmerman is an assistant principal at Mahomet-Seymour High School and has taught in that district for several years.

"We started with six candidates, and he seemed energetic, an up-and-coming educator who has already done a lot of interesting things at Mahomet," said Ron Mentock, board secretary.

Mentock said Zimmerman will be a full-time superintendent rather than splitting his time between the high school and grade school.

About 450 students attend the high school, which is a different unit from St. Joseph Grade School. Ogden, St. Joseph and Prairie elementary schools feed into St. Joseph High School.

Mentock said Zimmerman was picked from six finalists.

He said the district decided the time was right to hire a superintendent who would spend all his time focused on the high school.

"We decided that the board has four members new in the last two years, and we think now is the time to start moving ahead in new directions," he said. "We need a full-time superintendent to address the needs we have."

Morgan has been high school superintendent for six years, and he's been at Ogden 13 years. He's retiring June 30 after 33 years in education.

Zimmerman will start at St. Joseph on July 1.

You can reach Anne Cook at (217) 351-5217 or via e-mail at acook@news-gazette.com.

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