No decision yet on new interim or full-time superintendent for Quincy schools

Posted: Jan. 23, 2013 10:54 pm Updated: Feb. 6, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Quincy School Board took no action Wednesday on hiring either a new full-time superintendent to replace Lonny Lemon or a new interim superintendent to replace Cal Lee.

"We won't have any announcements this evening," Board President Bill Daniels told The Herald-Whig before the board went into executive session during its monthly meeting Wednesday night.

The board will need to act soon to find a replacement for Lee, whose 100-day contract with the district expires at the end of next week. The board is expected to hire another retired superintendent to lead the district for the rest of this school year -- also under a 100-day contract. But Daniels wasn't able to say when that hiring will take place.

It will happen "as soon as we find the right person and cut the deal," he said.

The School Board interviewed three candidates for the full-time or interim superintendent position during a special meeting Saturday and interviewed a fourth candidate Tuesday night. Daniels said the board had a discussion about all four of the candidates at the end of Tuesday's special meeting, and "we'll talk about it some more tonight," he said before Wednesday's session.

Daniels said "we'll have to see" whether the board will need to convene another special meeting to address the upcoming vacancy in the interim superintendent's position.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, the board approved improvement plans for each school in the district. The plans spell out goals each school has identified for making educational gains in the future.

"We're doing the best we can with decreasing resources," said Patricia Sullivan-Viniard, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The board also:

• Awarded a total of $375,144 in combined contracts to Kohl Wholesale of Quincy and Fox River Foods of Montgomery, Ill., for food and nonfood items needed for the district's food service program for the rest of the 2012-13 school year.

• Awarded a $99,251 contract for bread to Bimbo Bakeries, which makes Sara Lee products, to cover the rest of the school year.

• Learned that 25 Quincy High School students have been named all-state musicians. Daniels said this represents the second-highest number of students in the state.

• Approved seniority lists for certified and education support staff.


Editor's Note: This story has been updated.