The new Macomb School District 185 superintendent won’t wait long to begin work.
Dr Patrick Twomey will start in Macomb on May 1 as assistant superintendent before becoming superintendent on July 1. Twomey said this will allow him to work with retiring Superintendent Dr Alene Reuschel.
“This will give us an opportunity professionally to spend a little bit of time together during that transition time to make it as smooth as possible, which will do nothing but benefit the kids of the district,” said Twomey.
The school district will deal with several key issues in the coming months, including teacher contract talks and the hiring of a new principal for Lincoln School.
Twomey, age 54, signed a four year contract. His starting base pay will be $179,000 per year.
Board of Education President Robert Shouse said the three finalists made the decision a difficult one. But the board felt Twomey would give the district the best chance at continued improvement.
“I think he brings a lot of excitement to the district. He did a lot of good things at his current district,” Shouse said.
Twomey is superintendent of Havana School District 126. He is a former Macomb High School principal and he still lives in Macomb.
“I look forward to coming back home and participating not just with the school district but the entire community,” Twomey said.
The school board held a special meeting February 27 to approve the hiring. The announcement was greeted with a standing ovation from the several dozen people who attended.