Kirk Koennecke

Champaign County superintendent among finalists for Illinois job

Kirk Koennecke, Graham Local Schools Superintendent, has been named one of three finalists to lead a school district in Urbana, Ill.

Koennecke said the interview is in its, “exploration phase,” and that, “nothing is set in stone.”

“This has all taken place within the last week or so,” Koennecke said.

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A press release published Tuesday by the Urbana (Illinois) School District said three finalists were named in the district’s search for a new superintendent.

“The Board narrowed the field to three after interviewing a slate of six candidates recommended by consults,” the release said. “After conducting a second interview with each of the three finalists on May 1, 2, and 3, and going through an extensive vetting process, the Board expects to take formal action on the new superintendent’s contract during the week of May 12.”

The other two candidates nominated for the position currently work in Chicago.

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Koennecke said he could not comment any further.

Before Koennecke was hired as superintendent of Graham Local Schools in 2017, he was the principal at Harding High School in Marion for four years.

He also served as the principal of Springfield High School from 2009 to 2013.

The press release comes a week before Graham Local Schools will ask voters to pass a 1 percent income tax to help fund the district. Last November, voters rejected the same levy for the third time.

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