Northeast principal to step down early for DCFS post

DANVILLE — The Northeast Elementary Magnet School principal will step down a little earlier than anticipated.

Danville schools Superintendent Mark Denman announced Wednesday that Cheryl McIntire will resign on Feb. 1 to take an administrative post with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, where she spent nearly 20 years. She will serve as the child welfare agency's administrator of adoption services.

"She's done a wonderful job at Northeast," Denman said.

Retired Principal Valerie Gilbert will serve as the K-5 school's interim principal from Feb. 1 to March 15 at the substitute principal's pay rate.

"We're hopeful we'll have a permanent replacement to finish the rest of the year," he said.

McIntire was set to retire on June 30. The district planned to post her position on Feb. 1 and recommend a successor at the March 13 board meeting.

But Denman said the job may be posted sooner now.

"Depending on the availability of the person we hire, (he or she) could start a little earlier," he said.

McIntire worked as a social worker at the Col. Wolfe School at the University of Illinois, the Vermilion Association for Special Education in Vermilion County and Danville schools, then spent nearly 20 years at DCFS as a child welfare supervisor, field service administrator in Kankakee and then an assistant regional administrator.

She later got a degree in educational administration and served as a district administrative intern and principal of Pleasant Acres Primary Grade Level Center in Rantoul before coming to Northeast.

Denman credited her with expanding the school's health and wellness focus and helping it become the first elementary school in the nation to earn the Gold National Recognition Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

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