ESL High School getting new principal

East St. Louis High School students will have a new principal next year, and the district wants the public’s input on his or her qualities.

Lelon Seaberry Jr., principal since 2004, will be moving within the district to be the transformation officer over the middle schools’ School Improvement Grants, according to district spokeswoman Kim Roberson.

She said the principal will retain his current salary of $112,600, according to the latest salary information provided by the district to the News-Democrat.

Seaberry could not be reached for comment.

Superintendent Arthur Culver and Assistant Superintentent Alexander Ikejiaku were not available for comment.

News about Seaberry’s move became known after District 189 released a flier on Friday afternoon asking for public input at a “Visioning Forum” for a new principal to be held Wednesday night.

Superintendent Arthur Culver’s news release asks for “parents/community members’ input regarding the skills, qualities, and characteristics desired in a new principal” that the district would use in screening, interviewing and hiring candidates.

“(Seaberry) has accepted a position from high school principal to the SIG transformation officer over the middle schools,” Roberson said.

Fred Clarke is the district’s current SIG transformation officer, with a salary of $102,500; Roberson did not know what, if any, role Clarke would have in the district when Seaberry moves for the 2015-2016 school year.

The district’s lone high school has five assistant principals: Destyne Belk, Roshanda Johnson, Juan Haynes, Tira Brockman and Marcus Wright.

About 25 community members typically attend the Key Communicator meetings, which the district uses to promote dialogue within the community, Roberson said.

The meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the district offices, 1005 State Street in East St. Louis, will be the fourth meeting this school year, according to the district’s website, and is open to the public.

Roberson said the group’s purpose is to “dispel myths” about the district by learning directly from top officials and spreading news within the community. She said Culver usually does not present a formal agenda but often leads a discussion on specific items.

“And they’re very vocal,” she said of attendees. “It may be a small group sometimes, but they are very lively.”

Contact reporter Mary Cooley at or 618-239-2535. Follow her on Twitter: @MaryCooleyBND.

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What: “Visioning forum:” To discuss qualities parents and members of the community would like to see in the new principal of East St. Louis High School. The meeting is open to the public.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday

Where: District offices, 1005 State Street in East St. Louis.