Exodus of Administrators in District 205 this year
The Galesburg School District has lost a lot of institutional knowledge in 2012, and that's one of our top local stories of the year.

Several district principals either left the district or retired, but most notably, a virtual shake-up in front-office administration.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Joel Estes retired at the end of the academic year, but still teaches at Knox College.

Most notably, Superintendent Gene Denisar is retiring at the end of the year, and in a statement he read declining to take questions on, says the state's current pension funding situation is to blame.

"For the better part of six months now the Illinois legislator has been crafting reform legislation to fix the state's pension plan. With that in mind I began looking at my personal future the two have weighed heavily upon me."

Denisar is being replaced by Bart Arthur. The former Churchill Junior High principal replaced Estes being before tapped for the top job.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill is retiring, too, also citing the pension situation.

He's being replaced until the end of the fiscal year by former administrator Jim Rich.

Galesburg High School Principal Tom Chiles left, too, replaced by Roy Van Meter.
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