Wiegand officially becomes Champaign's superintendent

Wiegand officially becomes Champaign's superintendent

CHAMPAIGN – Although she's been acting in the position since December, Judy Wiegand is officially the new superintendent of the Champaign school district.

The school board voted unanimously to approve Wiegand's contract, removing the technical “interim” from her title.

The school district released Wiegand's contract Tuesday morning.

The contract began March 1 and will continue through June 30, 2016. From March until June 30 of this year, Wiegand will earn $60,000.

Beginning then through June 30, 2012, Wiegand will earn $180,000. The board will determine her base salary every year after that and has agreed it won't be less than the previous year. The school board may increase Wiegand's salary without extending the contract, it states. Wiegand will receive 20 vacation days each year.

The school district will also provide a car and a $200 monthly “automobile stipend” rather than mileage reimbursement, as well as a cell phone.

When former Superintendent Arthur Culver parted ways with the school district, his annual salary was $246,851.

The school board also unanimously approved several human resources requests, including three teaching positions: a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at South Side Elementary to address increased enrollment next year, Wiegand said, and a first-grade teacher at Dr. Howard Elementary Those classrooms are being added to allow for increased enrollment. She said depending on how kindergarten registration goes (it's happening from now until March 30), the district may add another kindergarten classroom, as well.

However, if enrollment doesn't support those classrooms, Wiegand said, the positions will not be filled.

To make space at South Side, Wiegand said the school district will move portable classrooms from Westview Elementary, which is scheduled for renovations next year. Those will probably house fourth- or fifth-grade students, she said.

The board also approved adding two half-time English as a Second Language teaching positions at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy and Franklin Middle School and a half-time Mandarin Chinese teacher at Franklin.

The school district will also fill an assistant director of technology position next year, which was not filled this school year because of budget reductions.