Villa Grove schools to change administration structure

VILLA GROVE — The school district will have a new administrative structure in the 2014-15 school year. The district will be hiring a principal to oversee the entire K-12 building, plus a new dean of students to serve all students of the district. The superintendent's position will also be retained in the new structure.

In response to a community survey, which identified administrative issues as a main concern for the district, a committee was formed to research options.

The committee's recommendation was to add a dean position, which will be responsible for student services such as family contacts, student discipline, consultation with special education and community involvement.

"The committee felt that this position can serve as an effective liaison between the faculty and the administration," said Villa Grove alderman Tony Hooker, who served on the committee. "I believe that this structure will allow the principal and the superintendent to turn their focus from student discipline toward personnel and regulatory issues."

The district, which consists of one building and an enrollment of 630 students for all grade levels, currently has a high school principal and a principal for the elementary and junior high level. The committee recommended hiring one principal to administer all grade levels starting next academic year. The principal will be responsible for faculty supervision, professional development and working with the superintendent on district business.

"I am just really excited about an administrative team that's really focused around kids," said Superintendent Mary Ann Manos.

A salary of $58,000 to $68,000, is being offered for each position, depending on the candidates' education and experience. According to Manos, the realignment could ultimately save the district $150,000 in the administrative budget line.

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