Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday announced four administrative appointments for the 2013-2014 school year.
Sharon Phillips, assistant principal of Danville High School’s Freshman House, will become the new principal of South View Middle School, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $84,000 plus benefits.
Phillips will replace Brenda Yoho, who will become director of educational support when Diane Hampel retires.
Phillips thanked retiring DHS principal Mark Neal for his wisdom and for mentoring her during her time at the high school.
Jessica Bradford, assistant principal of East Park Elementary School, will become assistant principal of South View Middle School, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $66,000 plus benefits.
Bradford is switching places with Robin Fluno, current South View assistant principal, who will become assistant principal of East Park, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $74,243 plus benefits.
DeMarko Wright, principal of Garfield Elementary School, will become the new assistant principal of DHS’ Freshman House, effective July 1, and replacing Phillips, at an annual salary of $76,761 plus benefits.
Wright joked, “I’m delighted about going back to the high school … it’s been a few years since I graduated.”
Also on Wednesday, the school board:
- Approved improvement plans for Danville High School, North Ridge Middle School and East Park and Edison elementary schools through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Rising Star program. The program will aid the district during a two-and-a-half year period to self-access and prioritize actions based on 104 success indicators.
The Rising Star program has been implemented already at four schools in the district, including Meade Park Elementary School.
Some of the goals of the program is establishing Professional Learning Communities in which teachers meet, collaborate and share data on students; communicating to stakeholders; and implementing Common Core Standards.
- Heard a presentation from East Park kindergarten teachers about an online assessment tool they’ve been using.
- Reviewed a first reading of mastery criteria for kindergarten through second grade that will be piloted in the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the district’s strategic plan.
Diane Hampel, director of educational support programs, said the mastery criteria “lays out expectations for parents, teachers and principals.”
- Approved an amended district policy dealing with administering medicines to students. The policy specifies that request forms are available for self-administration of asthma medication and self-administration of allergy medication, and that students who are diabetic and have a diabetes care plan may also carry diabetic testing supplies and self-administer insulin.
- Approved paying annual dues of $8,654 to the Illinois Association of School Boards and annual dues of $3,000 to the Large Unit District Association.
- Approved the appointment of Teri Atwood as district treasurer for the 2013-2014 school year.
- Approved applying for a $50,000 school maintenance project grant from the Illinois State Board of Education as the district has done in the past.
If the grant is awarded, it would cover part of the $129,740 in proposed improvements to Garfield Elementary School during the summer, including installing ventilation for the school’s kitchen, replacing plumbing fixtures in all of the school’s restrooms, painting the interior of the school and replacing asphalt/concrete in the driveways and parking lots.
- Rejected three bids to upgrade the intercom systems for Kenneth D. Bailey Academy as well as areas of North Ridge and South View middle schools.
After looking at the intercom systems more closely, the district’s IT department suggested a more economical way to digitally upgrade the intercom systems by going through the district’s server, saving the district about $16,000.
The bids ranged from $60,389 to $93,842.
- Heard an update on the East Park Elementary School renovation project.
District 118 school board members will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 12 in the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.