Press Release-Ridgeview hires new superintendent
Ridgeview Board of Education announced Tuesday evening that they have voted unanimously to hire Mr. Erik Young as the new Superintendent of Ridgeview CUSD #19. Mr. Young was selected from a nationwide poll of many qualified candidates. Mr. Young is looking forward to leading the Ridgeview district of around 600 students from the eastern McLean County towns of Anchor, Arrowsmith, Colfax, Cooksville and Saybrook. Mr. Young was raised close to our school district and has worked in rural school districts his entire career. He has an understanding of the values important to the communities serving our districts. Ridgeview School Board and staff are pleased to welcome Mr. Young and look forward to working with him.
Mr. Young will begin his new position July 1, 2019. Mr. Young is originally from Fairbury, Illinois so he and his family are excited to relocate back to the area to live and work in our excellent school and community.
Mr. Young is currently the principal at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Illinois. Before promotion to the principal position he was Middle School and High School Assistant Principal from 2009-2013. He has classroom experience as Middle School and High School teacher at Riverton CUSD #14 from 2003-2009.
Mr. Young received his Bachelors in Health/Business Administration, Master’s in Education Administration and a Superintendent’s license from Eastern Illinois University.
Mr. Young will replace interim Superintendent Dr. Steve Epperson. The Ridgeview community is very thankful to Dr. Epperson, a retired Superintendent who stepped in to lead the district for the 2018-2019 school year.
Elementary students, teachers, office staff, custodians, nurse, bus drivers, technology department and kitchen staff have been busy decorating trees for the upcoming Holiday Lunch. Lots of creative materials were used: forks, paper, office supplies, candy, pom poms and so much more! The trees are currently on display in the elementary lobby. They will be displayed on the tables during the Holiday Lunch for K-2nd grade parents and grandparents to enjoy!
School Environment Matters: Ridgeview District 19 Administers Seventh Illinois 5Essentials Survey to Improve Student Learning
Students, teachers and parents weigh in on school climate and learning conditions
Ridgeview District 19 will join the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in the seventh statewide survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for students, teachers and parents to have a voice in improving their schools. From December 11 through February 15, , students, teachers and parents will be asked to take a 25 -minute research-based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in their school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect on progress since the last statewide implementation.
“ The administration at Ridgeview welcomes the opportunity for meaningful and reliable feedback from our staff, students and their parents. We carefully analyze the responses and will use this information to help inform our continuous improvement efforts!“ Dr. Steve Epperson
The Illinois 5Essentials Survey provides a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture in an individualized report measuring five “essentials” critical for school success:
Ridgeview will participate in the statewide 2018-19 5Essentials Survey to meet state legislation and the Board’s mandate, Ridgeview will administer the survey to learn how schools are doing on the 5Essentials for school success.
Principals and superintendents will receive their 5Essentials Reports in March 2019. Survey results will also be reported publicly on the 2018 State School Report Card website and the full 5Essentials Reports will also be released in the fall. An optional parent survey is again available to all schools as a supplement to the 5Essentials Survey for teachers and students—results from the parent survey supplement will be included only in the individual school 5Essential Reports. Since 2013-14, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey has been normed using the 2012-13 statewide results so that all schools can demonstrate progress over time.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, UChicago Impact is providing Illinois 5Essentials to schools statewide. Teachers, students, and parents may complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey online. For more information visit: https://illinois.5-essentials.org.
The survey can be accessed at the following : https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/
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