QUINCY -- The Quincy School Board Wednesday named a new principal for Iles Elementary School effective July 1.
Lincoln-Douglas academic School Administration Manager Brad Funkenbusch will take over the job now held by Cindy Crow. Crow is leaving Quincy Public Schools for a position in the Chatham school district.
Funkenbusch, who served as principal of the now-shuttered Dewey School, said he's looking forward to the new role within QPS.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with the Iles community of teachers, kids and parents … and working with that Iles team to provide a great learning environment for kids where we can have them come and be successful," Funkenbusch said.
Superintendent Roy Webb described Funkenbusch as a "quality" principal in the district.
"When he left Dewey, it was one of our most well-run schools. The staff was working extremely well as a team. They showed great improvement in their PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) and 5 Essentials scores," Webb said.
A team of QPS staff interviewed five of the six candidates for the principal's job and was "excited with what he had to say and his vision for Iles Elementary," Webb said.
Funkenbusch, 35, is wrapping up his 13th year with QPS. He taught sixth-grade in Baldwin West for seven years, then was principal at Dewey for five years before shifting to the SAM role.
"I've definitely enjoyed my time here at Lincoln-Douglas. I learned some things and have seen things from a different perspective than my previous experience at Dewey," he said. "You take any opportunity and do the best you can with it, learn from it and keep working hard."
The Iles principal's job is one of several administrative changes within QPS for the 2019-20 school year announced at Wednesday's School Board meeting.
Erica Maynard, a literacy coach based at Lincoln-Douglas, will shift to the board office as assistant director of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
"Over the last few years, I've done a lot with curriculum, instruction and assessment as I coach teachers and work with the most struggling readers. This is just taking it to a new scale," Maynard said.
Maynard will be working with Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kim Dinkheller, and both will be filling part of the role held by Director of Student Services Carol Frericks who is retiring from QPS effective June 30.
Maynard said she and Dinkheller have known each other "pretty much our whole lives" and working together "will be an easy fit for us."
Maynard has been with QPS since 1999 and has taught kindergarten and Reading Recovery along with serving as a literacy coach.
"It will be hard to leave a building full of kids, but I'm excited about the opportunity to still stay connected with them," Maynard said.
In her new role, Maynard will continue as a Reading Recovery teacher working with students. "People at the board office usually mentor kids. My hope is daily to go to a building and work with my student for 30 minutes," she said. "It's important when making decisions about kids that you're working with kids. I won't be cutting all my ties with kids and buildings all at once."
Iles Reading Recovery teacher Kim Mast will take on the Reading Recovery teacher-leader position held by Tracee Farmer.
"I love Reading Recovery. I'm just passionate about teaching kids how to read," said Mast, who has taught first grade and Reading Recovery and coached other teachers for 21 years.
As teacher leader, Mast still will teach kids every day while also providing monthly professional development opportunities and coaching for the district's Reading Recovery teachers. "I have a great group of people to work with and look forward to it," Mast said, and Farmer "will help me transition next year."
Farmer, who has been with QPS for 14 years, has taken a position at National Lewis University in Lisle -- site of the Reading Recovery Center serving Wisconsin, Illinois and parts of Minnesota and Florida -- as a Reading Recovery trainer and assistant professor of literacy education.
"In my role now I train teachers. In my next role, I'll train teacher leaders, people who do my job," Farmer said. "I'll be working with people I already know. The teachers I'll be supporting are colleagues now across the state."
Baldwin STEM coach Tammy Stegeman will take on the Baldwin Academic SAM job held by Sara Cramer, who was named in April as co-director of the Early Childhood and Family Center.
Stegeman, who is in her 30th year of teaching and 28th year in QPS, said the new role provided a way to support teachers and students "beyond science and math."
"The SAM position still allows me to be actively involved with STEM as well as literacy by providing professional development opportunities for staff members," she said.
The search continues for a new director of Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center.
Kaleb Smith has resigned, effective June 30 when his contract ends, to take a position in Edwardsville closer to family.
"There's a lot of great things happening here. Things are definitely going the right direction," Smith said. "It was a very, very hard decision, but family was the ultimate call."
Smith has been with QPS since 2011, serving first as an instructor at QAVTC, then co-director and director after Mark Pfleiger retired in the 2017-18 school year.
His new role will be similar to his work with QAVTC and the West Central Region in Adams and Pike counties.
"It will be involving career and technical education grant for Madison County," he said. "I'll be housed at the Edwardsville school district, but I'll be working for all the districts in Madison County."
Superintendent Roy Webb said filling the specialized job is a concern heading into the next school year, but interviews are planned next week.
Candidates "have to have an administration degree and have 2,000 work hours in a vo-tech area," Webb said. "Not as many candidates are available."
In other action, the Quincy School Board:
• Adopted a new approval process for grade weighted courses at Quincy High School for the 2020-21 school year. The Curriculum Committee this month reviewed the proposal which creates an approval form to provide a process and criteria for the classes to provide accountability and fairness. Courses will be reviewed every three years, or after a teaching change, by a committee for rigor and content.
• Rejected a bid for front porch renovations at Quincy Junior High School, but the district plans to rebid the project.
• Adopted a 2019-20 schedule for the Building Committee which calls for meetings in July, August, September, October, January and April.
• Approved a resolution for presentation of the tentative amended 2018-19 Quincy School District, Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center, West Central Region and Special Education Association budgets and set a public hearing for June 26.
• Abated $452,892 from the working cash fund to the education fund.
• Agreed to buy a used Blue Bird Vision wheelchair bus at a cost of $49,500 from Central States.