Grayville Community Unit School District #1 will have a new superintendent come the start of the 2020–21 school year.

Sarah Emery, superintendent of schools, will be resigning from her position, effective June 30. She’ll be taking a position as the Assistant Regional Superintendent of Schools for the Regional Office of Education #20 on July 1.

That leaves the Grayville School District with an administrative position to fill.

The Grayville Board of Education began considering their options Wednesday night during their November regular session. The board observed a presentation by Tim Buss, former superintendent of Wabash County School District #348, who is currently employed by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

“I was hired on by the Illinois Association of School Boards on the executive search team back in July of 2018,” explained Buss. “I’ve been assisting them in doing executive searches throughout the state.”

According to Buss, the IASB is the market leader in executive searches with over 50 years of experience in the field.

“We’re doing six searches right now statewide,” he noted. “We’d love to assist Grayville.”

Buss highlighted the confidentiality of the IASB’s Executive Search team throughout the interview process as a factor to entice high-caliber candidates to interview for positions during their searches.

The cost to a school district is decided based upon the enrollment numbers of said district. With Grayville housing less than 499 students, the IASB search would cost the district $6,400, the lowest price tag offered by the organization for such a search.

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