Macomb School District

Rich Egger

The Macomb School District superintendent search appears to be approaching the finish line but it’s not quite completed.

Board of Education member Jude Kiah said there are a few items to work out still beyond just the contract.

“We would like it to be that. But there may be additional things that need to be taken care of outside of fiscal or monetary issues,” Kiah said.

Kiah declined to reveal what those other issues are.

Rich Egger

The three finalists to be Macomb’s next school superintendent have all been to town for interviews with the Board of Education, staff, and the community. Now it’s up to the board to decide who will be the district’s next leader.

Rich Egger

The three remaining candidates for Macomb School District 185 superintendent will return to town before the end of the month for second round interviews.

Each will also participate in a public forum. Each of those forums will begin at 5:30 pm at the Spoon River College Community Outreach Center, 2500 East Jackson St in Macomb.

The schedule is:

Thursday, January 24 – Dr Chet Lien

Monday, January 28 – Dr Patrick Twomey

Wednesday, January 30 – Dr Chad Allaman

Each forum is scheduled to conclude at 6:45 pm.

Rich Egger

The finalists for Macomb School District superintendent are all currently superintendents in Illinois:

  • Dr Chad Allaman is with Central Elementary School District 51 in Washington
  • Dr Chet Lien is Rockridge Community Unit School District 300 in Taylor Ridge
  • Dr Patrick Twomey is with Havana Community Unit School District 126 in Havana

Twomey once worked for the Macomb district. He was high school principal before leaving for Havana in 2007.

Rich Egger

The Macomb Board of Education is conducting an on-line survey to gather community input on the desired qualities for the next superintendent.

Board President Robert Shouse said hard copies of the survey are also available. They can be obtained at all of the district's buildings.

Appeal Alleges Disparities in Sports

Jun 21, 2012

Jill Brody filed a formal complaint with the Macomb School District in late March under federal Title IX law. Superintendent Alene Reuschel responded that the district is in compliance. Title IX law requires “equivalent” treatment of male and female athletes.

Brody appealed Reuschel's finding in May.

Reuschel says,  “She can ask the board to review that decision. And there's a time frame and so once the board has reviewed, and within that time frame, the board will eventually direct me to respond to Dr. Brody their decision.”

The board has until mid-July to respond.

Macomb Begins Search for New Superintendent

Jun 15, 2012

School board President Dan Colvin says it received a “great gift” of time when Superintendent Alene Reuschel announced she would retire next year.

Colvin says the task of filling the position is one of the most important duties for board members. He says it will hire a search firm to perform many tasks that would be time-consuming or difficult for the board such as criminal background checks and reference checks.

Macomb School Superintendent to Retire

May 22, 2012

The Macomb School District will soon begin the search for a new superintendent. Dr. Alene Reuschel will retire next year.

She seriously considered retirement this year after the governor proposed cutting pension benefits for educators.  However,  she decided she had too much work left to do.

She said, “We're right at the brink of doing some really fantastic things here, not only in Macomb, but just in education we're just at the very cusp of what we're going to see.”

Macomb School District Seeks Public Input

Mar 23, 2012

District residents will have two opportunities to weigh in on the district's strategic plan and how it is meeting its goals.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel said the district established a number of goals six years ago.

She said, “We're going to get some input as it relates to finance, as it relates to facilities, as it relates to curriculum. And so here's an opportunity for our constituents to be a part and to share some ideas and help us as we look forward for the next five or six years.”

“Green” Roof will Save Money

Mar 21, 2012

The Macomb School District will save nearly $125,000 on a roof repair project on the oldest section of Lincoln School. The savings comes from re-using some of the roofing material, which is also good for the environment.

The estimated cost was nearly $420,000. The bid was based on a “green” option that will re-install much of the same material.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel said the district can set an example.

Schools Will Increase Network Capacity

Mar 15, 2012

The Macomb School District will spend $204,000 to increase its computer network capacity tenfold in time for next school year.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel said the extra capacity will allow greater use of wireless technology at the junior-senior high school next year.

She said, “We will make sure that every classroom-grades 7-12-will have the equivalent of 30 access points within a room which means you can have 30 units needing wireless service of some kind in a room.”

Photo from Macomb School District website

We now know more about the resignation agreement between Daniel Watson and the Macomb School District.

The Board of Education during its February meeting approved the agreement. It breaks down as follows:

*$32,279.72 as compensation while he was still employed by the district during the current school year;

*$11,562.09 as front pay (minus deductions);

*A lump sum of $1,500.00 as compromise of claims.

Photo from Macomb School District website

The Macomb School District has severed ties with the boy's head basketball coach who is accused of sexual abuse.

The Board of Education on February 20 approved a resignation agreement with Daniel Watson. Under the agreement, his resignation took effect December 19, 2011. He will be paid to cover the time period from mid-August to December 19.

Watson was placed on administrative leave in mid-August, just a few days after Illinois State Police announced his arrest.

Superintendent Alene Reuschel would not say how much money Watson will receive.

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