Lee named interim superintendent of Quincy School District - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Lee named interim superintendent of Quincy School District

Posted: Updated:
Cal Lee (Photo/Quad City Times) Cal Lee (Photo/Quad City Times)

By STEVE EIGHINGER
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy School Board on Friday unanimously approved Cal Lee as interim superintendent.

Lee, a former Quincy teacher and principal, was one of two candidates interviewed in the past week by the board to help the district get through the school year. A consulting firm is working to form a list of viable candidates for the board to pick a permanent replacement for departed superintendent Lonny Lemon, who resigned in June.

Lee will take over at some point next week for Bud Martin, the district's former business manager, who has been serving as interim superintendent under a 60-day contract that expires this month.

Lee, a 1976 graduate of Quincy College, will sign a 100-day contract and be paid the same amount as Martin — $600 a day.

Lee recently retired after 11 years as superintendent of schools in Moline. He was formerly an assistant superintendent in Champaign during a 14-year career in that city. Prior to that, Lee worked for 11 years in Quincy as a principal at St. Anthony School and teacher at St. Mary, Chaddock and Irving schools.

"We felt Cal was right person for the position at this time," Board president Bill Daniels said. "He had not planned on doing an interim following his retirement, but saw (what was happening in Quincy) and called us. He said Quincy always held a special place in his heart."

Lee will not be a candidate for the permanent superintendent position, Daniels said.

Lee will be in town Monday to meet with Martin and begin the transition.

"It will be a sort of passing of the baton," Daniels said. "Cal will be here a couple of days next week, and then on a regular basis."

The announcement Friday morning followed a Wednesday night public forum at Quincy High School that featured members of the community and representatives from School Exec Connect, the Highland Park firm contracted by the board to recruit candidates for the superintendent position.

Ed Olds, a partner at School Exec Connect, and Diane Robertson, an associate of the firm, conducted the forum and then met with members of the board Thursday. Robertson is the superintendent of the Mendon School District who is retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year. 

The representatives from School Exec Connect will also be meeting with local focus groups who have been involved in collecting information pertaining to filling the superintendent position. The consultants from School Exec Connect have scheduled a tentative application deadline of Oct. 26 in the search for a permanent for Lemon.

The new superintendent would not assume duties until July 1, 2013.

Between now and then, the position will likely be filled on an interim basis. Retired superintendents are usually the choice for interim posts like this because they are allowed to work on an interim basis for up to 100 days under state pension rules. So it's likely the board will end up hiring a second retired superintendent to fill out the school year once Lee's 100-day contract has concluded.

— seighinger@whig.com/221-3377

  • Local HeadlinesLocal HeadlinesMore>>

  • Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Volunteers respond to report of theft to build new wheelchair ramp for veteran

    Monday, October 20 2014 12:58 AM EDT2014-10-20 04:58:50 GMT
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
    Roger Rupp was incredulous when he learned his wheelchair ramp had been taken from his home two weeks ago. Rupp, a U.S. Army veteran, has multiple sclerosis. The 10-foot by 3-foot aluminum ramp helped him access a garage at the rear of his 11th Street house -- or at least it did. Quincy Police say the ramp and two handrails were swiped sometime between Oct. 5 and 6. "I really couldn't believe it," Rupp said. Neither could a group of local volunteers. After hearing about the ramp's ...
  • YOUR TOWN: Warsaw bank offers tradition of hometown service

    YOUR TOWN: Warsaw bank offers tradition of hometown service

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-10-21 17:04:25 GMT
    WARSAW, Ill. -- Gary Uhland tells a story to illustrate the community philosophy at Hill-Dodge Banking Co. A Warsaw High School student stopped by Uhland's office seeking the bank's sponsorship at the $100, $75...
    WARSAW, Ill. -- Gary Uhland tells a story to illustrate the community philosophy at Hill-Dodge Banking Co. A Warsaw High School student stopped by Uhland's office seeking the bank's sponsorship at the $100, $75...
  • Warsaw man stabbed after argument with man he had been fishing with

    Warsaw man stabbed after argument with man he had been fishing with

    Tuesday, October 21 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-10-21 15:20:32 GMT
    WARSAW, Ill. — An arrest was made early Tuesday morning in connection to a stabbing Monday night of a 40-year-old Warsaw man at a home at 10th and Crawford.Dorrance Smysor, 67, of Elmwood was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood by an officer with Warsaw Police Department and a Hancock County Sheriff's Department deputy. Smysor is lodged in the Hancock County Jail.Brial Cleer was airlifted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment of multiple stab wounds, according to polic...
    WARSAW, Ill. — An arrest was made early Tuesday morning in connection to a stabbing Monday night of a 40-year-old Warsaw man at a home at 10th and Crawford.Dorrance Smysor, 67, of Elmwood was arrested at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Elmwood by an officer with Warsaw Police Department and a Hancock County Sheriff's Department deputy. Smysor is lodged in the Hancock County Jail.Brial Cleer was airlifted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment of multiple stab wounds, according to polic...
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Quincy Herald-Whig. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.