Changes at Cedar Ridge Elementary are effective immediately. (WJBC file photo)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - Cedar Ridge Elementary School has a new principal.
Principal Geoff Schoonover is leaving to become the new superintendent of the Windsor Community Unit School District. Unit 5 Superintendent Gary Niehaus said he knew Schoonover was looking.
"Geoff started interviewing for the position before Christmas," Niehaus said. "I had a little bit of lead time to know that it was possible, so I stated thinking when I would like to have the transition in place."
Schoonover won’t take control of his new position until July, but Niehaus decided to immediately replace the Cedar Ridge administrator with Mike Clark. Clark had been serving as associate principal at Parkside Junior High since 2009.
"The transition is better now because we have the support in place to be able to make the move," Niehaus said. "I'm real happy he has a semester of time to learn the ropes from a veteran elementary principal."
Schoonover will now assume that role for the remainder of his time with Unit 5. He will have an open house to celebrate his new position as superintendent. That farewell will be held on Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Parents will get the chance to meet the new Principal Clark on Feb. 5 from 5 to 6 p.m. You can contact the Unit 5 office for more details.
Zach Dietmeier can be reached at email@example.com.