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The Mahomet-Seymour school board has filled another impending vacancy in its administrative team.
At Monday night’s meeting, they voted to approve the hire of Nicole Rummel as Director of Instruction.
Rummel replaces Mary Weaver, who announced last year that she plans to retire. Weaver has worked 11 years in the district, spending the last five in the role of Director of
Rummel was the finalist in a statewide search conducted by the Illinois Association of School Boards. She is currently Director of Instruction at El Paso Gridley.
Current Superintendent Rick Johnston also came to M-S from El Paso Gridley, but noted that his time in the district didn’t overlap with Rummel’s.
But “I’ve heard a lot of good things from a lot of good people,” he added.
Lindsey Hall, who’ll take on the role of M-S superintendent following Johnston’s retirement this summer, led the search.
She said that Rummel’s familiarity with the role—which focuses on curriculum and classroom instruction—as well as her strong references and range of experience brought her to the top of the pool of candidates.
Rummel earned a doctorate degree from the College of William and Mary. In addition to her four years at EPG, she also spent six years as principal of Olympia West Elementary.
Her husband is a professor of music at Illinois State University.
“This district has a stellar reputation,” she said, adding that M-S staff have been “very welcoming.”
She said that the Director of Instruction position brings together a number of roles she enjoys: working with teachers, analyzing data and opening up opportunities in the classroom.
“It’s my favorite pieces of being an administrator,” she said.
Rummel’s one-year contract with the district will start on July 1 at a base salary of $105,000.