The Marion Unit 2 board of education recently approved the hiring of a new principal at Longfellow Elementary and a new facilities supervisor, as well as the resignation of the food service supervisor.
The board, in a 5-0 vote, accepted the resignation of Kyle Hartwell, food service director, effective March 17.
Board president Joe Bleyer said Hartwell was leaving to pursue business opportunities.
"He's been a very vital part of this organization, especially during the pandemic. He went above and beyond feeding and providing sack lunches," Bleyer said. "Kyle, we're going to miss you and appreciate all the hard work you've done."
In addition to Bleyer, board members approving the resignation were Marc Henshaw, Cindy Gibbons, Patty Bundren and Steve Cook. Board members John Barwick and Brice Wesley were absent.
Aaron Dixon was introduced as the new facilities director, taking over for the retiring Jeff Moake. Dixon has been serving as facilities director at Carbondale Elementary District 95, and he will shadow Moake over the next few months, assistant superintendent Becky Moss told the board.
And Mallory Wilson was introduced as the new principal of Longfellow Elementary. She takes over for Lindsay Watts, who last month was named as the assistant superintendent to take over for Moss, who is replacing retiring superintendent Keith Oates as of July.
Wilson, an SIUC graduate and Marion resident, has taught math at Harrisburg High School and served there as assistant principal before moving over to Harrisburg's West Side elementary, Moss said.
After a round of handshakes with board members, their hiring was unanimously approved.
Bids were awarded for phase six of Americans with Disabilities Act renovations to Murphysboro-based Samron Midwest Contracting for $178,178, and for exterior improvements at MJHS to Greenville-based Bruce Unterbrink Construction for $698,313. Samron Midwest also was awarded the $394,367 bid for administrative office parking lot repairs.
And there were unanimous votes to approve the lot purchase for a future MHS building trades home and to sell the recently completed home in the 2600 block of Old Creal Springs Road, with the superintendent and chief financial officer authorized to handle the deals.