ROCK FALLS – Math teacher Alex Moore will move from the classroom to the principal’s office next year.
The Montmorency School Board has named Moore its new principal.
“I grew up at Montmorency, and I really appreciated the education I received here,” Moore said Thursday. “I always wanted to give back, and I thought this might be a way for me to do that.
“I know I can continue to help this place be better.”
Moore has been at the school since 2006. He taught sixth-grade language arts, reading and geography the first year, and since has been a sixth- through eighth-grade math teacher.
Moore, in part, will take the place of Superintendent John Rosenberry, who now serves as both superintendent and principal of the rural, 300-student school.
Rosenberry announced his retirement in November. His last day will be sometime after July 30. The board likely will hire an interim superintendent.
The school plans to use the next year as a trial period for having both a superintendent and a principal, rather than one person filling both roles.
“It’s a lot of work for one person,” Rosenberry said. “We’re going to see how this works.”
Moore intends to obtain his superintendent endorsement and could fill both roles, should the school go that route, or move into the superintendent position, should the board stick with the dual-position model.
“I’m happy at this district,” Moore said. “I will help them in any way I can. If that means becoming the superintendent or staying where I am, then I will do it.”
The board Wednesday approved a 1-year contract but has yet to negotiate a salary.
Rosenberry, who has been in education for 30 years, has been the superintendent since 2006.
The district advertised the position in late January and accepted applications through Feb. 15. It received assistance from the Illinois Association of School Administrators.
The board interviewed five candidates in two special, closed-session meetings in February. The board narrowed the field to three candidates and interviewed them in another meeting later in February.
Residence: Rock Falls
Family: Wife, Christy; son, A.J., 3; and daughter, Evelyn, 1.
Education: Rock Falls High School, 1998; bachelor's degree in middle-level education (math and science), Harding University, 2005; master's degree in educational leadership, American College of Education, 2009.
Experience: Science and computer teacher, Aplington Middle School, Polo, 2005-06; sixth-grade language arts, reading and geography teacher, Montmorency School, 2006-07; sixth- through eighth-grade math teacher, Montmorency School, 2007-present.