Contract Approved for Superintendent Grenita Lathan

By Jen French

July 15, 2010 Updated Feb 23, 2010 at 5:47 PM CDT

Peoria's District 150 has a new superintendent tonight.

The school board unanimously approved the contract for 40-year-old Grenita Lathan.

Her three-year contract approved by the board tonight will pay her $198,000 per year, beginning June 1st. That salary is about equivalent to what was paid to former superintendent Ken Hinton.

The district plans on flying her out as often as twice a month to become familiar with the area.

While the school board's support was unanimous, some community members are more skeptical.

"The new superintendent--and I hope she does a fabulous job, but I hope it's not a five year contract, because we bought out I don't know how many of our previous superintendents and we're still paying for that," said Garfield teacher Hedy Helliot-Garner.

"She has been very well vetted and that's part of the reason we used a search firm and a search committee and we went though these several layers so we could really vet the candidates well," Laura Petelle, Peoria District 150 board member, said.

Petelle said that the Illinois Association of School Administrators recommends that new superintendents have a mentor to help them get familiar with the area.

District officials said that may be a possibility- and the position could be paid- who the mentor would be is up in the air.

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