Western School District hires interim superintendent for fall semester

Posted: Jul. 5, 2013 8:40 pm Updated: Jul. 27, 2013 12:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

BARRY, Ill. -- The Western School Board has hired Terry Robertson to serve as interim superintendent for the fall semester.

Robertson will take over for Carol Frericks, who is leaving the Western job to become secondary academic director in the Quincy School District.

Robertson's official start date with the district will be Aug. 1, Frericks said, but he is invited to attend committee meetings and the board meeting this month.

"I believe he will make every effort to attend those meetings just for background information," she said.

The district worked with the Illinois Association of School Boards to find an interim superintendent.

Robertson retired in 2001 after 33 years in education, including serving as superintendent of the Southeastern, Astoria and Schuyler County-Rushville districts. He later served as superintendent in the Revere and Knox County districts in Northeast Missouri.

The district's search for a permanent superintendent likely will begin this fall.

Western worked with the IASB and consultant Tom Leahy in hiring Frericks in April 2011, choosing her from six candidates. She began work July 1, 2011, in her first superintendent's job.

Frericks said she wasn't seeking a new job but the Quincy post presented her with "a unique opportunity... to work as an educator in my own community." Frericks had been literacy coordinator with Quincy Public Schools before the district eliminated her position in a cost-cutting move in 2009.

In other recent personnel action, Western School Board members approved one-year contracts for Western Elementary and Junior High Principal Michaela Fray, and Connie Thomas, Western High School Principal and STEM teacher leader. Brad Hufty also was hired as part-time dean of students at the junior high.