Wood is interim superintendent

Progress Staff WriterJuly 10, 2014 

Douglas Wood, Ed. D., has been hired as interim superintendent for O'Fallon District 90 for the 2014-2015 school year.

BY MARK RAEBER — For the Progress Buy Photo

Douglas Wood, Ed.D., principal of Amelia Carriel Junior High School, has been hired as interim superintendent of O’Fallon District 90 for the 2014-2015 school year.

He will succeed Todd Koehl, Ed.D., who is leaving the district July 11 to accept the superintendent’s position of Troy Community Consolidated District 30-C in Plainfield, Ill.

The school board approved Wood’s appointment on a 6-0 vote during its July meeting Tuesday night (Steve Springer was not at the meeting).

School Board President Steve Hellin said the board approved an addendum to Wood’s current principal’s contract authorizing a $12,000, or $1,000 per month, increase.

That will make his base salary $123,276.97.

The approved contract addendum also defined Wood’s role as interim superintendent.

Hellin then said Wood “will be the interim superintendent until such time we either decide to replace him or we determine who our permanent full-time superintendent is.”

The school board interviewed two internal candidates for the interim position.

Hellin explained, “The board decided to restrict its search for an interim superintendent to internal candidates and we are fortunate enough to have a number of internal candidates who qualify and we had two such people express interest.”

Asked if the board had a time-line for beginning a search for a permanent superintendent, he said, “The earliest the board would decide to launch an effort to conduct a national search for a new full-time superintendent would be at the August board meeting. And it might be September or October before we get too serious about it.

“My best guess is we are unlikely to hire anyone for the position prior to January 1, 2015, unless we have a really good candidate,” he added.

Wood joined the Dist. 90 administrative staff as principal of Fulton Junior High School in the 2006-2007 school year. He became principal of Carriel when it opened in 2009.

Wood received a football scholarship to Illinois State University in Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s in education (1989) and a master’s in educational administration (1993).

He earned his doctorate in administrative leadership and counseling psychology at Loyola University in Chicago (2003).

He began his career in education in 1993 at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort, teaching health science, physical education and remedial reading.

He moved on to an administrative post at Parkside Junior High School in Normal in 1999. And he became principal at Gower Middle School in Burr Ridge in 2002.

Wood and his wife Laurie, a former teacher, have three daughters: Brittany, Kayla and Hannah.

Also at the July meeting, the school board hired Ellen Hays, the current assistant principal of Carriel Junior High School, to be its interim principal for the 2014-2015 school year.

Hays, who joined the District 90 faculty as a seventh grade science teacher 2005, earned her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master’s degree in educational leadership at McKendree University.

She began her career teaching biology at Centralia High School. After two years there, she moved to Freeburg High School and taught another eight years before taking a hiatus. She received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2010.

To fill the assistant principal’s position Hays will vacate, Hellin said the board will post an opening for an administrative intern.

He explained, “That will make it possible for a teacher to come in and serve as an interim assistant principal while remaining within the parameters of the collective bargaining agreement the district has with the teachers’ union.”

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