Danville may choose school administrators

Danville may choose school administrators

DANVILLE — School board members on Wednesday could approve some administrative appointments for the 2013-14 school year.

The Danville school board will meet at 6:30 p.m on Wednesday at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St., Danville. A copy of the agenda is available online at http://www.danville.k12.il.us.

On Friday, Superintendent Mark Denman said he could make a recommendation for the South View Middle School principal's position. If it's filled by a current employee, he said, the district would have to fill that person's position and possibly others.

"There could be a domino effect," said Denman.

The district has had to fill several key administrative posts this year because of the June 30 retirement of Danville High School Principal Mark Neil; Associate Superintendent Dianna Kirk; human resources director Kathy Houpt; educational support programs director Diane Hampel; and Northeast Elementary Magnet School Director Cheryl McIntire. McIntire resigned her position earlier this year to taken an administrative post with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Because four of those positions were filled by district staff, the district has had to replace a Danville High assistant principal, the North Ridge Middle School assistant principal and the South View principal as well.

Current South View Principal Brenda Yoho was selected to succeed Hampel on July 1.

Also at the meeting, officials will present for review mastery exit lists for K-2 students. Board members will not vote on whether to approve them until a later date.

The lists include criteria students must master in order to be promoted to the next grade. Denman said the lists will be very similar to the standards — or knowledge and skills students must know by the end of the year — included in the standards-based report cards for each of those grade levels.

The new K-2 report cards were introduced this year.

"We would have ongoing monitoring of that," Denman said of the mastery lists, adding they could be tweaked in the future, if needed.

Next fall, teachers and administrators will begin working on a mastery list for third- through fifth-graders and continue "moving up the grade levels probably three grades at a time."

In other business, the board will vote on whether to reject the three bids for intercom systems for North Ridge, South View and the Kenneth D. Bailey academy.

"They were all good bids," Denman said.

However, he said, officials learned of a less expensive method by connecting speakers to those schools' current phone system and other technology.

"It will be a fraction of the cost" of the bids, Denman said, adding they ranged from $50,389 to $93,842. "Our staff could even do the work."

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