QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools Director of Student Services Carol Frericks plans to retire at the end of this school year then take on a job as principal of St. Dominic School.
"Father Leo at St. Peter's and Father Tom Donovan at St. Anthony's have inspired me to use my gifts to serve in the Catholic schools," Frericks said. "Since I had decided to retire, I welcomed the opportunity to continue to serve and cherish the lives of children to serve as partners with faith-building families and to partner with the parish to provide a school for the parish."
Frericks will take on the job now held by Sue Kelley, who is retiring.
Through her role as Title I director for QPS, Frericks has worked with Kelly and St. Dominic along with all the nonpublic schools.
"Sue is an absolutely amazing leader," Frericks said. "I look forward to working closely with her in July and August as I make the transition."
QPS hopes to fill the vacancy left by Frericks' retirement in early May and have that person in place on July 1.
"It will be a little different position," Superintendent Roy Webb said. "I'll be a little more involved on the academic side working with principals – that was a big part of her job. The grants, title programs and 21st Century, a lot of those things will be divided up between (Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment) Kim Dinkheller and Carol's follow on. It's going to take three people to cover everything she did."
Frericks, 60, is in her 39th year in education.
She started teaching in 1980 in the Mendon School District, then taught in the St. Louis area for a year before returning to Mendon. She came to QPS in 1990 as a teacher, then served as principal of Irving School.
"That was a wonderful time in my life, a chance to serve as an elementary school principal," Frericks said. "Now to have that opportunity again is very rewarding."
Frericks transitioned to the district literacy coordinator's role at QPS, then took an opportunity to work in McLean County Unit 5 before returning to the area to serve as superintendent in Western, leaving there in 2013 for the secondary academic director post, now director of student services, in QPS as the district began work toward building five new elementary schools and creating five new K-5 learning communities.
"I have been blessed to participate with all of the students, families, teachers, School Board members and community members during this time of transition," Frericks said, and with the move to St. Dominic, "I do feel very blessed to have this opportunity to continue to serve. I am really looking forward to work closely with students, families and the parish community."