NORMAL (WEEK) – McLean County’s Unit 5 has a new superintendent – in Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle.
The Board of Education approved her hiring at a special meeting Monday, receiving a three-year contract with an annual salary of $185,000, according to a release.
“Dr. Kendrick-Weikle will be an excellent addition to the Unit 5 family,” said Board President Barry Hitchens. “She brings vision, passion and experience to our district that will serve our staff, students and community as we continue to educate each student to achieve personal excellence.”
She has been an educator for 23 years, currently serving as the superintendent at Warrensburg-Latham, a school district outside of Decatur. She’s also served Adams County as Director of Special Education for the Special Education Association. She was also a principal in Quincy Public Schools and an adjunct professor at John Wood Community College in Quincy.
“I am excited and honored to be able to serve the Unit 5 community as the next Superintendent of Schools,” she said. “Unit 5 is an outstanding district and I am confident that we can build upon the incredible work already in place.”
“I look forward to meeting and building relationships with Unit 5 students, staff and community members.”
She begins her duties on July 1.
She hails from a farm outside Quincy where her parents still live. She has her bachelor’s in special education and a master’s in education – curriculum & instruction, both from Quincy University. She has her doctorate from Western Illinois in educational leadership. She was recognized as a “20 under 40” by both the Decatur Herald and Review and the Quincy Herald-Whig.
She is married to her husband Skip and they have six children, ranging in age from high school to 26 years. They are also proud grandparents.
Dr. Kendrick-Weikle replaces Dr. Mark Daniel, who is leaving the district in June.