Education

Part 2: New metro-east superintendents and principals and what they are paid

When the News-Democrat posted a roundup of new school superintendents and principals in the region last month, not all districts had provided complete information by the publishing deadline.

Since then, the BND has collected the following biographical information and salaries for the new administrators not featured previously:

Cahokia School District 187

Superintendent: Arnett Harvey

Previous position: Chief financial officer for Cahokia School District 187

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s in business administration from Washington University; superintendent endorsement.

Salary: $203,061

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Arnett Harvey is the new superintendent of Cahokia School District 187. Provided

School: Cahokia High School

Principal: Valeska Hill

Previous position: Associate principal at Cahokia High School

Education: Bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Salary: $113,203

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Valeska Hill is the new principal for Cahokia High School. Provided






School: Eighth Grade Academy

Principal: Michelle Cooley

Previous position: Assistant principal at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in St. Louis

Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology from East Texas Baptist College; master’s degree in educational administration and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Salary: $86,386

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Michelle Cooley is the new principal of the Eighth Grade Academy in Cahokia. Provided






School: Seventh Grade Academy

Principal: Curtis McCall Jr.

Previous position: Dean of students at Cahokia High School

Education: Bachelor’s degree in health from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; master’s degree in education administration from Lindenwood University.

Salary: $88,194

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Curtis McCall Jr. is the new principal of the Seventh Grade Academy in Cahokia. Provided

Grant School District 110, Fairview Heights

School: Illini Elementary

Principal: Carla Lasley

Previous position: Principal at Grant Middle School

Education: Bachelor’s degree in secondary education from McKendree University; master’s in administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Salary: $97,030

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Carla Lasley is the new principal at Illini Elementary. Provided

Madison School District 12

Superintendent: Andrew Reinking

Previous position: Assistant regional superintendent for Madison County

Education: Bachelor’s degree from Westminster College; master’s degree in instructional technology, specialist degree in administration and a doctorate in education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Salary: $120,000

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Andrew Reinking is the new superintendent for Madison School District 12. Provided

Whiteside School District 115

Superintendent: Mark Heuring

Previous position: Superintendent and principal Damiansville Elementary School District

Education: Bachelor’s degree from McKendree University; master’s degree in educational leadership from McKendree University; and specialist in education from Eastern Illinois University.

Salary: $115,000

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Mark Heuring is the new superintendent of Whiteside School District 115. Provided

Wood River-Hartford School District

School: Lewis and Clark Elementary

Principal: Jill Christeson

Previous position: Kindergarten teacher at Lewis and Clark Elementary

Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and master’s degree in educational administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Salary: $66,000

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Jill Christeson is the new principal of Lewis and Clark Elementary. Provided

BEHIND OUR REPORTING

Why did we report this story?

We wanted to give residents a roundup of all the new school administrators in the area as another school year kicks off. The base salary amounts listed were obtained after Freedom of Information Act requests made to public school districts. To see salaries of public school and government employees across the region, go the News-Democrat’s public pay database at bnd.com.

Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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