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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • New superintendent hired for Harrisburg schools

  • Mike Gauch was a happy man Friday. Gauch signed a contract with Harrisburg Community Schools Unit No. 4 district to be its superintendent from May 27, 2014, until June 30, 2019, for a sum of $110,000 for the 2014-2015 contract year.
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  • Mike Gauch was a happy man Friday. He had a new job.
    Gauch signed a contract with Harrisburg Community Schools Unit No. 4 district to be its superintendent from May 27, 2014, until June 30, 2019, for a sum of $110,000 for the 2014-2015 contract year. The board will provide single member hospitalization and medical insurance, term accident and life insurance and professional liability insurance. He will be provided with 20 vacation days each contract year. He will have three personal leave days each year.
    Gauch was the superintendent of the Mulberry Grove Community Unit 1 School District until leaving to take this position. Mulberry Grove is east of St. Louis.
    Gauch is married to teacher Angella Moore Gauch of the Vandalia school system. Angella spends most of her time with their youngest of four children who is a girl and takes part in competitive cheerleading and plays softball.
    Gauch’s personal motto is, “Every child can learn.”
    He said, “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
    “I get the feeling that the teachers here are more concerned about equipping their classrooms properly than they are about salary issues. It seems the more important issue to them.”
    Gauch believes in student progress, but doesn’t hold high grade point averages as his top priority.
    “Personally, I would like to eradicate the notion that learning has a score. Which is better? Bringing a child from 40 to 80, or bringing a child from 75 to 98? You cannot put arbitrary numbers on progress,” he said.
    Regarding pay issues he said, “I have no control over that, but I would like to see it change. Teaching is the most honorable of professions and the most underpaid of professions.”
    There is a sign in the middle school cafeteria which reads, “We are building a better world, one student at time.” Perhaps the signing of Gauch will move Harrisburg schools closer to that better world.
    The vote was unanimously in favor of hiring Gauch. Kevin Dowdy was absent.

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