Former superintendent returns as interim chief

ST. JOSEPH — The St. Joseph-Ogden high school district has an interim superintendent, someone already familiar with the job.

Jim Acklin was named interim superintendent at a special board meeting earlier this month.

Acklin retired as SJ-O superintendent on July 1. As interim superintendent he can work 100 days. He will receive $750 per day, up to $75,000. His contract started Aug. 2.

Acklin has worked within the St. Joseph-Ogden district for many years. In the fall of 2000, Acklin was hired as principal at Ogden Grade School.

Acklin was going to work under the Ogden superintendent and learn from him. Then the talk of consolidation with the Prairieview school district started.

Acklin said he supported the consolidation because it increased the students' peer base and improved curriculum but he knew the logical choice to be superintendent for the new district was Prairieview's superintendent Vic White.

In the spring of 2003 a superintendent position opened up in Shiloh and Acklin was hired.

In July 2007 Acklin became the SJ-O superintendent.

 

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