Jennifer Gill assumes her duties as Springfield District 186 Superintendent today. Gill is a native of Springfield and has worked as a teacher, administrator and building principal in the district.
More recently she served as Director of Teaching and Learning at McLean County Unit 5 in Bloomington Normal.
This is her first job as superintendent. She inherits a district facing annual budget deficits and disagreement over whether or not to try for a tax referendum. She'll also have to work with a board that has previously fought publicly over a variety of issues.
It took about a year - but Springfield has officially found a replacement for its previous district 186 superintendent. Jennifer Gill will take over the role on May 1st. She's been a teacher and administrator in the district. She'll be leaving her current role as the director of teaching and learning for the McLean County Unit 5 School District. This interview begins with Gill reflecting on how she became a third-generation educator:
Jennifer Gill was chosen as the new superintendent for Springfield District 186 after a months-long search. But negotiations have yet to be finalized. Gill, who currently works for McLean County schools, says the holidays slowed talks, but expects a contract will get done.
The Springfield school board is negotiating with a local woman to become the district's next superintendent.
The board hopes to extend an offer in early January to Jennifer Gill. Gill has been working the past year as the director of teaching and learning in McClean County district five based in Normal. Prior to that, she had worked as an administrator in the Springfield School District and was principal at Vachel Lindsey and McClernand elementary schools.
The 44 year old Gill has also taught in the Springfield and Jacksonville School Districts.