Roberts Hired to Succeed Fish at EJHS

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Published on May 21 2012 10:12 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Unit 40 Board of Education Monday hired Kurt Roberts as assistant principal at Effingham Junior High School.

Roberts will succeed Tom Fish, who is retiring.

Unit 40 Superintendent Mark Doan said, "Mr. Roberts has 16 years of teaching experience, with the last 11 years teaching English, Speech and General Science in the district.  He has the knowledge and leadership abilities to help EJHS meet the needs of our students.  Mr. Roberts will have a positive impact upon not only EJHS, but all of Unit 40."

Roberts is a graduate of Effingham schools and has earned his Master's in Speech Communication and Education Leadership from Eastern Illinois University.

Filling this position completes all administrative hirings for jobs that were open in the district due to retirements.

The Board also voted to grant administrative and non-certified non-union employees the same raise as received by the certified staff for the 2012-2013 year.

Board members hired Christa Hayes, Matt Altman and Amy Pulley as elementary teachers for the coming school year; hired Judy Ruffner as a summer food program cook; and hired Judy Siebert as computer and administrative information systems support specialist and Kirk Hammer as computer and information systems specialist.  Shae Westendorf and Julie Flack were hired as summer school teachers and Jennifer Patton was hired as a summer school substitute teacher; and the administration was given permission to hire two special education teachers and three paraprofessionals for extended school year and to hire two bus drivers and two bus aides for extended school year.  The Board also accepted resignations from Donna Rhodes as high school Prom sponsor and from JaLana Robison as junior high softball coach; and accepted teacher Julie Hine's retirement as of the end of the first semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

In other business Monday, the Unit 40 board approved the renewal and expansion of a maintenance agreement with Honeywell.  Doan said the HVAC renovation work done two years ago at Central Grade School will be out of warranty next year, so the new three-year agreement will cover the new work as well as some existing equipment.  The Board also renewed health insurance coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield for a 4.4% increase over the previous year.  There are no plan changes included in the new contract.

The Board also took time to recognize Fish, Unit 40 Business Manager Dean Keller and Effingham High School Principal Mike McCollum for their years of service, as they are retiring prior to the start of the coming school year.