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McGee Accepts Position as Superintendent in Wilmette District 39
Five Year Contract Begins July 1, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 4, 2001


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DECEMBER 4, 2001 - Glenn W. McGee, State Superintendent of Education for the past three years, tonight accepted a five-year contract as Superintendent of Wilmette Elementary School District 39, beginning July 1, 2002.

In August, McGee and the State Board of Education agreed he would not seek an extension of his contract as State Superintendent when it expires December 31. In the new position, McGee will be paid $180,000 per year.

"I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to lead and serve the schools of Illinois these past three years. Working together as a team with the General Assembly, the Governor, our many partners and local districts, we have made a difference for two million schoolchildren.

"Now I am excited to accept a five-year contract with Wilmette District 39. Wilmette is an extraordinary community with a long record of strong support for educational excellence. My job is to insure that all children in District 39 continue to receive the highest quality education and my hope is that, in addition, we will have a positive impact beyond the boundaries of our school district.

"I am fortunate to join an exceptional organization in which parents, teachers, administrators and citizens have helped students achieve great things. I believe my experience as state superintendent, and as a teacher, principal and local superintendent will combine to give Wilmette the educational leadership it demands, deserves and has enjoyed.

"I intend to continue to play an active role in education at the state level and hope I can contribute to future decisions regarding policies, programs, and services that will impact public education in our great state."

Before becoming State Superintendent in January, 1999, McGee was superintendent of Deerfield School District 109 for seven years and superintendent of Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 in Buffalo Grove for five years. Before that, he was a teacher and principal in Darien.

In his time as state superintendent, McGee led the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards and developed the Prairie State Achievement Exam, an innovative 11th grade assessment which includes as a component the ACT college entrance test.

He also created a series of outreach initiatives, including a "School Ambassador" program and a series of "Schoolhouse" meetings in communities all around the state, to help improve the agency's effectiveness in serving local school districts.

McGee was born and raised in LaGrange and graduated from Lyons Township High School, into whose Hall of Fame he was recently inducted. He is a graduate of Dartmouth and holds advanced degrees from the University of Chicago.

He is an accomplished marathon runner and the father of two sons.