CHAMPAIGN — A few interim principals and assistant principals in the Champaign school district now have permanent titles.
The school board approved making four administrators permanent at its Monday school board meeting.
Now-permanent principals include Justin Uppinghouse at Edison Middle School and Barb Daly at Westview Elementary.
Uppinghouse has been interim principal this whole school year, and served in the role during some of last year. He said as permanent principal, he'll continue to "focus on student achievement and have all students make progress in all grades."
"They're the main focus," he said. He also believes in having a positive environment for both students and staff, he said.
"I'm obviously very excited and grateful for the opportunity to remain the principal at Edison," Uppinghouse said. "Although the title has changed, role is definitely going to be the same."
Daly, who has been principal at Champaign's Bottenfield and South Side elementaries, said those were both great experiences for her before becoming interim principal at Westview. She's also worked at the Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education, where she said she learned more about working with school districts and the state board of education.
Even though she's a again a permanent principal, not much will change at Westview.
"It doesn't change anything," Daly said. "We've been working on student improvement since day one. ... It's just more official."
The school board also approved the hiring of Tony Howard as assistant principal at Edison and Yvette Lane-Rosas assistant principal at Centennial High School.
Both have served as interims in those positions and will become permanent July 1.
The board also approved the hiring of Candace Gwin as interim assistant principal at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy. Gwin was a third-grade Barkstall before moving to Washington.
The spot was left open by Cheryl Camacho, who is now director of magnet schools.