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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Eldorado Superintendent Gary Siebert resigns

  • Eldorado School Superintendent Gary Siebert resigned Thursday evening at the regular meeting of the school board.
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  • Eldorado School Superintendent Gary Siebert resigned Thursday evening at the regular meeting of the school board.
    Siebert served for 27 years as the Eldorado School Board Superintendent. He said he was afraid to serve any longer, fearing that future cuts to the state pension plan would cost him $30,000 per year in retirement benefits. His retirement is effective June 30, 2013.
    The board approved his appointment to a five year term as the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund business manager for the district at a salary of $48,000 per year. He was paid $130,000 a year as superintendent.
    Eldorado High School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Ryan Hobbs was appointed to replace Siebert as superintendent at a salary of $95,000 per year. Hobbs will continue to serve as principal of Eldorado High School.
    Board member Stacy James said, "I wish Mr. Siebert all the best."
    Board member Jason Kasiar said, "Financially, I would put him up against any superintendent in the nation."
    Siebert said, "It's never just one person that leads to success. I have had a great staff."
    Cost savings of combining Hobbs' salary as principal and his superintendent's salary, plus hiring Siebert as business manager at a lower pay rate will save the school district $78,000 per year said Keith Oglesby.
    In other board action Jason Kasiar was appointed as representative to the teacher's union negotiations committee. Ron Bradley was appointed as representative to the Teamster's Union negotiating committee.
    Al Way was recommended as an assistant football coach at Eldorado High School.
    The board accepted the resignation of T.J. Zurliene as boys high school track coach.
    Kelli Morris was granted maternity leave.
    Siebert began the board meeting on a positive note stating that he thought the district might receive more money in state aid than was previously thought.
    During a public meeting to hear comment on the 2012-2013 budget revisions no public comment was made.
    Special recognition was then given to Eldorado Middle School math teacher Lori Quigley who received top honors at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Mobile Alabama. The Eldorado Middle School Beta Club was named National Sponsor of the Year at the convention held at the Arthur Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala. The service club, which is composed of students with a 3.5 grade average or above, has a very heavy schedule of service and fund raising projects each year. Clubs from 13 states competed for the title.
    "The judges got it right," said Siebert.
    "Even the bus driver praised our group," said a parent who accompanied the students on the trip.
    Ed Kerkhover gave a report on progress of repairs to the middle school.
    In his report, Ryan Hobbs, principal at Eldorado High School, gave high praise to three people who have helped raise the attendance and graduation record of Eldorado High School. He named head truancy officer Steve Nelson and his assistant Kevin Dowdy, plus Jenny McGuire, who meets student and family special needs for the health department, as the reasons for the high school successfully raising its scores for attendance, graduation and mobility.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Our attendance rate of 92.4 per cent is the best rate for the school over the last 10 years," said Hobbs.
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