By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
MENDON, Ill. -- The Mendon School Board agreed Wednesday to hire Brian Kurz as the district's next superintendent.
Kurz will begin work July 1. He will replace Diane Robertson, who is retiring.
Kurz is the director of instruction at the El Paso-Gridley School District in El Paso, north of Bloomington. He was previously a principal and teacher in El Paso. Kurz began his teaching career in 2002 in the Bloomington School District.
A press release from the Mendon School Board said Kurz will spend time over the next several months working with Mendon's board, administration and staff to ensure a smooth transition.
Kurz accepted a three-year contract and will be given a total compensation package of $120,000 the first year.
The press release said Kurz has extensive knowledge of the common core state standards being implemented in Illinois. He also has experience in curriculum alignment.
Kurz has been trained by the Danielson Group as a trainer for the state's new teacher evaluation system. He also helped implement a one-to-one technology program this year at El Paso-Gridley. Mendon implemented a one-to-one program last year and expanded upon it this year.
"I want to work in a district that is passionate about providing the best educational opportunities for students even in the midst of difficult financial times," Kurz said in the press release.
"The positive reputation that Unit 4 (Mendon) has earned is very obvious through discussion with administrators around the state. The focus on one-to-one at the high school now and middle school in the future is very enticing to me, both as an educator and as a parent."
Kurz and his wife, Katie, are the parents of two children -- Hannah, 5, and Luke, 6 months.
A search service offered by the Illinois Association of School Boards assisted in the search for a new Mendon superintendent.