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District 205 Considers Hiring Curriculum Director

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 227

It’s not final yet, but the Superintendent of the Galesburg School District is giving up some of his responsibilities, passing them off to a position that candidates are being interviewed for.

The District-205 Board last night interviewed four candidates for the position of Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Pre-Kindergarten. Bart Arthur had responsibility for curriculum in the district after some cost-saving job consolidations in the front office, but Arthur says with the pending retirement of Jean Brown after heading the Pre-K program, that led to the change in jobs.

Arthur tells WGIL Superintendent of District-205 is a full-time job without having to develop curriculum as well.

“The other things that are just creating more stress and the job duties, is the building project, and the things like Common Core, the Danielson Evaluation System…all of those things are coming at one time,” Arthur said.  “It was a little bit too much,  so we’re going to try and get somebody that can focus on curriculum, because that’s so important.”

Common Core is a new federal requirement for education across all school districts — the sort-of new version of “No Child Left Behind.” Arthur says the board could whittle down the number of candidates for final interviews from here, or choose to start over. But no final decision was to be made last night.

The board also accepted a $237,000 bid from J.P. Benbow to replace the HVAC system at Mustain Pool in the high school. The current system failed over the winter, and it’s expected to take as much as 18 weeks to build the replacement.