Villa Grove principal to be next Bement superintendent

Villa Grove principal to be next Bement superintendent

BEMENT — Villa Grove High School Principal Sheila Greenwood was hired as superintendent of the 322-student Bement school district Wednesday night.

The Flora native has spent the past nine years at Villa Grove, the first three as principal for early childhood education through eighth grade, with the last six being at the high school. She has also been a principal at Shelbyville.

Her tenure at Bement begins July 1, when current Superintendent Daniel Brue leaves to take the top slot in the Decatur-area Meridian school district.

"Bement's always had a great reputation," said Greenwood, who is familiar with the school because it and Villa Grove are in the same athletic conference. "It's a welcoming community, I like what they stand for, and I think my strengths align with what they are looking for."

Greenwood said one of those strengths is communication, which she feels is important in a district like Bement that now co-ops most of its athletics with neighboring Cerro Gordo. The districts are also discussing the possibility of sharing staff during the school day.

Wednesday's hire ends a whirlwind search that began just a month ago when Brue's resignation was accepted. The Illinois Association of School Boards helped narrow the superintendent candidates to six, who were interviewed two weeks ago.

Bement school board President Jeanne Strack felt Greenwood stood out during those interviews.

"We're really glad to have her," Strack said. "In the interviews, she thought like we did. She is going to fit right in with our communities."

Greenwood signed a three-year contract at Wednesday's Bement school board meeting. She started her educational career as a physical education teacher, and was also a coach and an athletic director. Her stops also included Olney and Athens.

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