MOUNT CARMEL — Wabash School District 348 school trustees Monday named Dr. Chuck Bleyer as the new superintendent to succeed Tim Buss.
Bleyer signed a three year contract with a salary of $116,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, $117,160 for the 2019-2020 school year and $118,917 for the 2020-2021 school year.
Bleyer has served as Pope County CUSD 1 superintendent since July 2014. "I am looking for a new challenge and a larger responsibility," said Beyer.
Pope County CUSD's 2016-2017 student enrollment was 535 students. Wabash CUSD had an enrollment of 1531 for the 2016-2017 school year. There are two schools in the Pope County School District, where as Wabash CUSD has four schools.
According to the Illinois State Report Card, Pope County CUSD has $4.7 million in district finances while Wabash CUSD has $13 million in district finances.
Bleyer said one of his goals as the new superintendent will be to stabilize the school district financially. "We need to navigate what comes next and hopefully get more direction from the government in Springfield in regards to the education budget," said Bleyer.
Bleyer and his wife will begin looking for a home in Mount Carmel. The couple have a daughter who will be a sophomore next school year, and a son who will be in eighth grade.
Buss retires July 1 from his post as Wabash CUSD 348 Superintendent since the 2004-2005 school year.
School board president Tim Schuler said there were 25 applicants for the position. The school board, with help from Illinois Association of School Boards consultant Jim Helton, narrowed the field to six candidates after reviewing applications. Those six candidates were interviewed over the past two months by the school board.
Schuler said Bleyer was the only candidate to receive a second interview with the school board.