After weeks of controversy, a new interim superintendent will take over at Meridian School District 223 in Ogle County.
Jim Brown, former principal and superintendent in Dixon, retired five years ago. He will oversee District 223 until June 30th. Brown comes in on the heels of surprise resignations from the district's superintendent and assistant superintendent.
"He's local. He knows the community as much as somebody can from a nearby school district. He's got a proven track record down there and we feel he'll be a good fit for our district as an interim," says Meridian School Board President Bruce Larson.
"Meridian has a good reputation," Brown says. "They test well, their students have performed in a lot of different areas very well and I think right now they're just going through a rough time and hopefully I can come in and help get their legs back on the ground and keep moving."
The district will evaluate what to do for the upcoming school year starting July first.
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