Stevens stepping down as North Greene superintendent

By Ryne Turke on February 24, 2015 at 12:27pm

North Greene’s Superintendent is stepping down after seven years of service.

Les Stevens, who made the announcement on Monday, feels he has made an impact during his time at North Greene.

“I feel good about having brought a lot of new technology into the district. We have also been involved in initiating a lot of projects with the Common Core and we are just about to wrap up a new teacher evaluation system under the Performance Evaluation Reform Act,” says Stevens.

“We have done a lot in terms of Rigor and Relevance, trying to engage kids more in their learning. We have also worked at both the elementary and high school level at developing lesson plans.”

The final day for Stevens will be at the end of the 2014-2015 school year on June 30. He highlights why this is the time for him step away.

“I’ve learned that I have enough sick time to collect my full retirement benefits and I have just enough to do that this year,” says Stevens.

With school funding problems at the state level and three new board members set to join the school board, Stevens says it may be time for somebody new to steer the ship.

As for choosing his replacement, Stevens says the board has a handful of options to choose from.

“This is one of the reasons I am announcing this now,” says Stevens.

“I want to give them time to execute an exhaustive search and get a group of candidates to choose. I want to help them figure out what process to use and whether they want to use their own search or the Illinois Association of School Boards. Those are questions they will have to answer, but I’m prepared to give them the information.”

Stevens hopes his experience will open up more doors in his next field of employment.

“This is my 41st year of education, 18 years in the classroom and the rest as an administrator at the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and Hartsberg-Emden,” says Stevens.

“I’m eager to find out what is out there. I’ve talked to a few people who have expressed interest in a few jobs that are out there.”

Stevens will turn in his official letter of resignation to the board on Wednesday.