Members of the Community Unit School District 7 Board of Education, meeting in special session Thursday night, voted unanimously to hire Kayla Wills, Carlinville, to teach vocational agriculture at Gillespie High School next year.
Wills, who will graduate from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, this spring, was employed as a first-year, non-tenured teacher on a motion by Bill Carter, seconded by Weye Schmidt. She will step into the vacancy created by the retirement of veteran ag teacher Rick Spencer.
Supt. Joe Tieman said Spencer will continue to work next year as a part-time welding instructor.
The action followed a lengthy executive session of more than one hour. Tieman said Wills was one of six applicants for the job.
He said a special meeting for the action was needed because hiring agriculture teachers is highly competitive and the administration wanted to lock in a candidate as early as possible.
In other action, the board voted unanimously to hire Michelle Bertetto as a paraprofessional (classroom aide) to fill a vacancy posted during the last meeting of the board in January. Tieman said Bertetto will start working in the district in about two weeks.
The regular February meeting of the board is set for Monday night, Feb. 26.