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Schilson Leaving Warsaw for Illini West

Warsaw, IL – The Illini West School District has been in the market for a new superintendent for a few months. Current Superintendent Mike Mauzy announced his resignation in February.

The district conducted a lengthy search with several dozen candidates before making its decision on Tuesday, April 6. That was when the Illini West School Board hired Kim Schilson as the district's new superintendent.

Schilson has been with the Warsaw School District for ten years. She served as elementary principal before taking over as superintendent in 2004.

Schilson says she is eager to meet the challenges awaiting her in Carthage.

"I see a new district that has lots of opportunities and potential," says Schilson, "and I hope to go there and make a difference."

Schilson says she is proud of her time in Warsaw. She points to her involvement in the double-school deactivation with Nauvoo-Colusa, several major construction projects, and the fact that Warsaw has several million dollars in the bank.

Schilson's 3-year contract with Illini West will pay her nearly $100,000 (plus benefits) during the first year. She will officially take over on July 1, but Schilson plans to start working with Illini West faculty and staff after classes let out.

The Warsaw School Board has accepted Schilson's resignation. The school district hopes to have a new superintendent in place by July 1.