By JANE HENRICKS
The Cerro Gordo School Board held a special board meeting Wednesday, November 30 at 5 pm in the auditorium. Board President Tony Piraino released this statement:
“The Cerro Gordo School Board is pleased to announce and welcome Dr. Emily Weidner as the district’s new superintendent effective July 1, 2023, upon the retirement of current superintendent Brett Robinson. Upon announcement of Brett Robinson’s retirement at the conclusion of the 2022/23 school year, a search process was started with the help of the Illinois Association of School Board (IASB) executive search team. The IASB executive search team had 17 candidates access the application and narrowed the list down to 6 finalists for the school board to interview. The board was very pleased with the high caliber of qualified candidates interested in the position and unanimously selected Dr. Emily Weidner as the district’s next superintendent. Since 2008, Dr. Weidner has been the Elementary Principal at Monticello CUSD #25. Prior to that she taught social studies, coached volleyball and softball, and was ultimately Dean of Students at Rantoul Township High School.
Dr. Weidner earned her Doctorate in Education at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The Cerro Gordo school board is very excited to have Dr. Weidner as our new superintendent and looks forward to many successful years working together. The school board also wishes to express our sincere gratitude to Brett Robinson for his 17 years as our district superintendent, 3 years as HS principal prior to that, and 36 years total; in education. The school board will be hosting an event in the spring for the community to wish Brett Robinson well in retirement and to meet Dr. Weidner.”
In New Business, the board approved a bid from general contractor Davis Haulk Mechanical to upgrade the Jr./Sr. High HVAC project. Since the bids for a 2-pipe system and a 4-pipe system came in so close in price, the board approved the 4-pipe option since it would allow each room to regulate its own temperature and also allow for easier seasonal transitions. This system will also allow any updates to the old junior high building. The Davis Haulk bid was for $1,057,950.
The district will pay for 75% of this bill using funds from COVID funds and the remaining will come from sales tax revenue already in budget. The board also approved to accept a bid from Reliable Environmental Services Solutions for $15,600 to eradicate any remaining asbestos in the window caulking, window panels, and some pipes. The meeting was adjourned.