CHAMPAIGN — Several retired administrators will fill in at the Unit 4 school district as it awaits the hiring of its new superintendent.
These interims will report directly to current interim Superintendent Robert Malito, and then to interim Superintendent Judy Wiegand, who is training for the post and is expected to take over sometime in January.
Mary Muller will be interim executive director of curriculum design, education services and equity. Carol Stack and Pat Lewis will assist her. Stack worked 28 years in the district and was once interim superintendent. Lewis worked in the district 35 years and was principal of Kenwood Elementary School.
Margie Jobe and Arlene Blank will share the role of interim executive director of human resources. Jobe used to work as director of special education for the district and was an employee for 27 years. Blank was assistant superintendent of support services and worked in the district 29 years.
"She was also a member of the board of education following her retirement in 2002," stated a release from the school district.
The district's hirings are the latest personnel changes in a busy fall. After former Superintendent Arthur Culver was hired to lead the troubled East St. Louis school district, former Deputy Superintendent Dorland Norris and soon-to-be former Assistant Superintendent Beth Shepperd, who worked in human resources and community relations, announced they would join him there.
School board President Sue Grey said the board approached the newly hired interims about coming back to work for the district, with a list of certain people who might be able to offer certain specialties.
"We are really lucky," Grey said of the former employees' willingness to come back and work for the district. "It made me think of the whole Sally Field (quotation,) 'They like us. They really, really like us.'"
Grey said she's looking forward to working with the new interims again, but she hopes they'll be the final interims for a while.
"We still have one big hire on our plate, and that's the superintendent," Grey said. "With these folks in place, we can really focus on in on what we need to do with that position."