No time limit to replace PBL principal

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda Superintendent Cliff McClure said the search for a replacement for high school Principal Trent Eshleman will begin "right away," but if a qualified candidate is not found by Dec. 31, a backup plan is in place.

McClure said Friday he is "not going to put a time limit" on finding a replacement for Eshleman, who has served as principal of the high school since July 1, 2010. McClure said the district's only goal at this point is to fill the job "with a qualified candidate who understands our vision."

McClure said the district will be advertising the vacancy on its website while also working with the Illinois Association of School Administrators to advertise the position statewide, but he said that it is not imperative a candidate be hired in the next month and a half.

McClure noted that since Eshleman informed him of his plan to step down, he has been working on possible alternatives to fill the job temporarily, including having several administrators pick up some of Eshleman's duties.

McClure said he and the school board have ruled out hiring an interim principal for the next semester. The idea was discussed in closed session at Wednesday's board meeting, McClure said.

The board earlier in the meeting accepted Eshleman's resignation, effective Dec. 31. Eshleman is vacating his position to pursue ownership and operations of a business in the private sector.

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