DANVILLE — A new Danville High School principal is expected to be introduced Wednesday night to the Danville District 118 school board.

Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Elizabeth Yacobi said Monday that selecting a new principal to replace Kimberly Norton was “still in process.”

“Right now, we have multiple candidates,” she said.

Norton, who had been DHS principal since 2015, was named June 18 as Urbana School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

“We wish Kim Norton all the best,” Yacobi said.

The principal vacancy was posted immediately following the June 19 school board meeting and remained posted until July 1. Interviews were scheduled and a committee was formed to interview the candidates on Monday, Yacobi said. The committee consists of a Danville Education Association member, a district administrator, DHS staff, a community member and a parent, she said.

“We tried to get stakeholders,” she said.

The committee is expected to make a recommendation today to Superintendent Alicia Geddis. Geddis will interview that individual and decide whether to recommend that person to the school board for its final approval at Wednesday night’s meeting.

“It’s important to have a good leader at Danville High School,” Yacobi said.

Also on Wednesday, board members will:

• Consider approving the amended school calendars for 2019-2020 school year for the traditional and balanced-calendar schools and prekindergarten. For traditional schools, the first attendance day for students is Aug. 13 but with an early dismissal, and the last day will be May 29 if no snow days are used. At Northeast Elementary Magnet School, the first full day of school is July 22, and the last day will be June 3 if no snow days are used; fall break will be Sept. 30-Oct. 18; and spring break will be March 23-April 10. For prekindergarten, the first day of school is Aug. 14, and the last day will be May 28 if no snow days are used.

For traditional schools and prekindergarten fall break will be Oct. 14-18, and spring break will be March 23-27. Winter break for the entire district will be Dec. 23-Jan. 3.

• Hear a presentation on an audit of Danville High School’s Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) programs conducted by Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. In the summary of findings, parents and students said it was difficult to find information about the advanced courses and college planning; students had varying perceptions of how rigorous the advanced coursework is; some students say they are reluctant to take AP classes because they don’t want to take the AP tests and don’t want to hurt their grade-point average; and AP and dual-enrollment classes should be available in ninth and 10th grades.

• Hear an update on buildings and grounds projects.

• Consider approving a bid of $260,000 from Prairie Farms to provide all dairy products districtwide for the 2019-20 school year.

• Consider approving a bid of $150,000 from Vermilion Valley Produce of Danville to provide all the produce districtwide for the 2019-20 school year.


The Danville District 118 school board will hold its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St.