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Troy school board OKs hiring new superintendent

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:39 a.m. CDT
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(Vikaas Shanker – vshanker@shawmedia.com)
O'Fallon school district 80 Superintendent Todd Koehl will become the new Troy school district 30-C superintendent on July 14.

PLAINFIELD – Todd Koehl will take over as superintendent of the Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C after the school board approved his hiring with a 6-1 vote Wednesday.

Koehl, who is the superintendent of the O’Fallon Community Consolidated School District 90 in O’Fallon, Illinois, will start his new post at Troy on July 14.

Troy board President Mark Griglione said Koehl was hired on a 3-year contract and will make $172,000 his first year.

Koehl was hired through a search process after former Superintendent Don White resigned on May 23.

White told the board in late April he would resign, a couple of weeks before the school year ended. He left the district to become superintendent for the Hinsdale Community Consolidated School District 181.

Griglione said Koehl will be a great asset to the district.

“We were impressed with his curriculum policy and he’s a seasoned superintendent,” Griglione said.

Koehl has been the superintendent at O’Fallon for the past four years. O’Fallon, also a K-8 district, has five elementary schools and two middle schools and enrolls about 3,600 students.

“Troy is a very, very successful district,” Koehl said. “It has excellent staff and leadership.”

Koehl knows White from the Illinois Association of School Administrators Vision 2020 subcommittee, and said he would also work on the state level to secure reliable funding for the district.

“I’m glad to hear that the state made all its payments to Troy,” Koehl said.

On Wednesday, Director of Finance Elaine Colombo announced that the state owed nothing to Troy after making all its required payments, paving a good start to Koehl’s administration.

But before he delves into the district’s finances, he wants to get to know the strengths and passions of the current staff at Troy.

“What issues they see, they see on a day-to-day basis,” Koehl said. “I’ll be taking notes.”

Koehl said he also wants to create a better relationship with the public by promoting transparency and keeping open lines of communication within the district.

However, not everyone was pleased with Koehl’s hire.

“He wasn’t my number one choice,” said board member J. Terry McFadden, the lone vote against Koehl’s hire. “I still think he would do well, but I am concerned about the compensation package. We had a lot of very good candidates so it was tough.”

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