VILLA GROVE — The school board has announced that Mary Manos, the newly hired superintendent, will also be the acting high school principal for the next school year.
The announcement came at an end-of-year breakfast Tuesday with the school faculty.
The current principal, Sheila Greenwood, has resigned to accept an administrative position with Bement school district.
Manos said the board will take one year to study the best administrative organization for the district.
"This year will allow careful board planning, extensive teacher input, community input and wise implementation of the best plan for us," Manos said. "Taking the principalship for one year will give our faculty and administrators time to choose wisely and construct a plan for success. I am honored to do it."
The board will also take time to visit with other districts, invite others to speak to the board and research the different options that are available to make a decision for the future.
Manos said she is excited to be a part of the Villa Grove High School and all of the opportunities that are available to them. Even in difficult financial times, Manos said, she believes in investing in the students.
"My goal for Villa Grove High School (is to) offer an excellent education, complete the mission of the school district and lead the faculty by example," she said.
Meanwhile, the school district has signed a new extended contract with Quality Network Solutions to not only service the school's technology needs for the next three years, but to also upgrade computers and network connectivity.
Ryan Hortenstine, a project planner with QNS, said at this week's school board meeting that the technology updates were needed to get the district prepared for future student testing requirements. The company has agreed to do the full system upgrade and allow the district to spread the payments out over the three-year contract with a no-interest financing agreement.
The upgrade will include replacing 160 computers with a combination of new and used units, an upgrade to the system server, an improved back-up system and wireless access, which will require a more extensive firewall system. The new wireless system will include different access levels for administration, teachers, students and guests.
Superintendent Steve Poznic said the district typically receives about $30,000 a year from the Rural Education Assistance Program. This money has been used for technology purchases in the past and will cover most of the $33,667 payment for the technology upgrades.
The services fees will be $36,000 a year for full support of the hardware, software and network services.