Danville school board OKs 2 leadership appointments

Danville school board OKs 2 leadership appointments

DANVILLE — The Danville school district's leadership team for next year is finally in place.

Danville school board members approved the appointments of the Garfield Elementary School principal and a Danville High School assistant principal at a special meeting Thursday.

Kelly Truex of rural Bismarck was selected as Garfield's principal. She will succeed DeMarko Wright, who was earlier named as a high school assistant principal and Freshman House administrator. Truex will receive an annual salary of $70,000 plus benefits.

Kimberly Burch was chosen as a Danville High School assistant principal and GLOBAL House administrator. She will succeed Rowdy Fatheree, who left to become an assistant principal in Mount Vernon. Burch will receive an annual salary of $67,000 plus benefits.

Truex and Burch will start their new jobs July 1.

Truex began her career in education as a kindergarten teacher at Liberty Elementary School in Danville in 1990. Then she moved to the Bismarck-Henning school district, where she taught kindergarten from 1995 to 2006 and served as the reading/school improvement coordinator from 2006 to 2009.

In 2009, she returned to Danville schools as a reading coordinator. She has served as the data and instructional facilitator at Southwest Elementary School since 2010.

Superintendent Mark Denman said Truex's instructional background and experience and interpersonal skills made her a good fit for the job.

"Garfield School, one of the state's longest-operating schools, will be in good hands under Mrs. Truex's leadership as it prepares for its 113th year of service," he said.

Burch has spent her 18 years in education teaching high school English. She taught at Rantoul Township High School from 1995 to 1998, Hoopeston Area High School from 1998 to 2005 and Belleville Township High School since 2005.

Denman called Burch a valuable addition to the high school's administrative team.

He said she has demonstrated an ability to make strong connections with students and understands the importance of meaningful curriculum development tied to rigorous standards.

The district had to fill a number of key administrative posts this year primarily due to the June 30 retirements of Danville High 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 take an administrative post with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Search committees of administrators, teachers and community members began that process late last year.

Because four of those positions were filled by district staff, officials had to fill a number of other vacancies, the last two of which were filled Thursday.

In addition to Wright and the most recent hires, other new administrators or those in new positions include:

— Sharon Demoulin-Kherat, assistant superintendent.

— Phil Cox, high school principal.

— Dianna Kirk, human resources director.

— Brenda Yoho, educational support programs director.

— Kimberly Norton, Northeast principal.

— Jacob Bretz, high school assistant principal and ACE House administrator.

— Angelique Simon, North Ridge Middle School assistant principal.

— Sharon Phillips, South View Middle School principal.

— Robin Fluno, East Park Elementary School assistant principal.

— Jessica Bradford, South View Middle School assistant principal.

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