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For Immediate Release
June 24, 2004

Schiller announces East St. Louis Interim CEO

(East St. Louis) – Highlighting his experience in urban school districts, Illinois Superintendent of Education Robert Schiller announced Thursday the appointment of Dr. Stan Mims as the interim Chief Executive Officer of East St. Louis School District 189.

Schiller Thursday introduced Mims to both the East St. Louis School Board and to Financial Oversight Chairman Richard Mark before making the announcement.

Mims will serve in the role for the 2004-2005 school year and will oversee the management team that will be put in place as part of an intergovernmental agreement between the school district and the Illinois State Board of Education. The agreement provides that under the leadership of the Interim CEO, a management team and the transition committee will provide continued financial oversight of the school district through the next school year. Schiller negotiated the agreement because the Financial Oversight Panel, which has been in place since 1994, is set to expire in October.

“Dr. Mims has repeatedly proven his ability to successfully drive academic improvement in financially-challenged school districts,” Schiller said. “His appointment provides us the opportunity to move forward in hiring a management team that will help put the district on its way to financial independence.”

Mims is set to begin his position July 1. Mims will report primarily to the Transition Committee and secondarily to the East St. Louis School Board. The Transition Committee will also assist the East St. Louis School Board in hiring an Interim Deputy Superintendent, an Interim Chief Financial Officer, and an Interim Internal Auditor. Schiller said he expects to make those appointments within the next two weeks.

Schiller said that he and fellow members of the Transition Committee, Peoria Public Schools District 150 Superintendent Dr. Kay E. Royster and Prairie Hills School District 144 Superintendent Dr. J. Kay Giles, worked with several professional executive search firms to locate the best candidate. Schiller said that Dr. Bill Attea, managing partner of Hazard, Young, and Attea Search Firm, was instrumental in identifying and evaluating potential candidates who would be immediately available and ready for the challenges of the assignment: The firm will assist with the search for the candidates for the permanent position of ESL superintendent.

Dr. Mims is currently the Superintendent/Chief Education Officer in Round Lake School District overseeing the education of 6,500 students, and the administration of a $50 million budget and the district’s 500 employees. Round Lake is also operating under financial oversight, and in his current role he regularly works with local school board, ISBE and the School Finance Authority.

Prior to coming to Illinois, Mims was the Superintendent of Schools of School District 9 in Bronx, NY. In that role he oversaw 35,000 students, an annual budget of more than $320 million and 5,000 employees. Mims has also served in the roles as deputy superintendent of schools and principal in Brooklyn as well as director of curriculum in Kansas City. Mims holds a doctorate from Columbia University.

Mims $118,000 contract will be for one year, and unlike other members of the management team will not be extended beyond June 30, 2005. He will, however, assist in the search for a permanent district superintendent to begin next July.

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