District 118 school board hires new assistant superintendent

News-DemocratApril 15, 2014 

Belleville School District 118 Board of Education hired a new assistant superintendent during its meeting Tuesday night.

The new hire is Tracy Gray, who will replace Lynn Clapp when he retires at the end of this school year. Clapp worked for District 118 the last 34 years.

"I'm very humbled for being chosen," Gray said after the meeting. "I'm very honored. I have big shoes to fill. Lynn is amazing."

Gray, 43, is currently the assistant regional superintendent of schools in St. Clair County, a position she's had the last two years. Gray worked for the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education for a total of six years.

She previously worked for Smithton School District 130 and O'Fallon School District 90. Gray has a bachelor's degree in education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master's degree in education administration from Lindenwood University-Belleville.

Gray, who starts July 1, will earn an annual salary of $110,000. Clapp currently makes $121,662 a year.

Superintendent Matt Klosterman said the district is "excited about all the things Tracy is going to bring to the district."

Gray lives in O'Fallon with her daughter Sydney, a student at O'Fallon Township High School.

In other news, board members also hired Lacey Hilmes as an occupational therapist and two psychology interns, Ali Bluell and Kacee Aldridge, for next school year.

Contact reporter Jamie Forsythe at 239-2562 or jforsythe1@bnd.com.

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