Shannon Cheek

Mahomet-Seymour High School Principal Shannon Cheek is poised to become superintendent of Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond schools as of July 1, 2019.

MAHOMET — The Mahomet-Seymour school district will be searching for a new high school leader after current Principal Shannon Cheek was selected as the next superintendent for the Arthur Lovington Atwood Hammond district.

ALAH’s board of education announced Cheek’s hiring on April 11. His selection is effective July 1, and he succeeds Kenny Schwengel, who is retiring, according to a press release from the ALAH district.

“I am extremely grateful and excited to be given the opportunity to lead a district where its students, staff and communities are dedicated and passionate about education,” Cheek said in the press release. “My family and I are looking forward to becoming active members of the district.”

Officials said Cheek was slected from a pool of 32 applicants after a nationwide search that began in December. He has been principal at M-S High School since 2011 after serving as assistant principal for five years. He started in the district as a teacher and coach in 1999. Before moving to M-S, Cheek taught a year at Heritage High School, the press release noted.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Shannon Cheek as the new leader for CUSD #305 and feel he is a great fit for the district and communities,” Jake Kamm, ALAH board of education president, said in the media release. “The board would like to thank the nearly 300 community members and district staff who completed a survey in conjunction with the search to help provide guidance to the board on what criteria to use in the selection process.”

Cheek received his specialist in education with superintendent endorsement from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and received his master of educational administration from the University of Illinois and also a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology.

Cheek and his wife, Kim, have two daughters: Morgan, who is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, and Raegan, who is a sophomore in high school, the press release noted.

The ALAH school district includes more than 1,200 students, according to the press release. It encompasses 252 square miles.

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