GEORGETOWN — School officials hired a new superintendent on Monday, selecting Seth Miller, the director of operations for the neighboring Westville school district, from among 39 applicants.
Miller's three-year contract with the Georgetown-Ridge Farm school district will begin on July 1.
Interim Superintendent Nanette Mellen said Miller stood out from 11 candidates who were given initial screening interviews. Miller was among those who were interviewed a second time, and was at Monday's school board meeting to meet with about two dozen district teachers and parents and to answer some final, specific questions from board members.
"Seth is insightful, articulate, forward-thinking, fiscally responsible, and has had a variety of experiences in his educational career," Mellen said. "The district is very fortunate to have him."
School Board President Cheryl Kestufskie said the meet-and-greet session went very well, and those who attended seemed impressed with Miller.
Miller graduated from the University of Illinois, has a master's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University, and plans to have a doctorate from Indiana State University by May. He taught English and social studies at Oakwood High School for five years, was the athletic director at Judah Christian School in Champaign, served as assistant principal at Westville High School for three years, and was named director of operations in Westville in 2007.
Miller said he was excited about the opportunity to work in the Georgetown-Ridge Farm district, which has a great community and a strong team of school board members, administrators and teachers.
"This district has a lot of potential," Miller said. "I want to build on what the district is already doing well, and make improvements where they are needed."
In related business, Mellen said the board would consider the open assistant superintendent position.
In the Georgetown-Ridge Farm district, Mellen said, the assistant superintendent has traditionally been a building administrator who had some additional duties and filled in for the superintendent as needed.. Mellen said the district has not had an assistant superintendent for the first semester of the school year, and that filling the open position was not a top priority.