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McMahon named regional superintendent

Published: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 6:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 6:51 p.m. CDT

DIXON – Paul McMahon is no longer an assistant at the Lee-Ogle Regional Office of Education.

McMahon, 51, of Princeton took over as regional superintendent last month after serving as assistant for six years. He replaces Amy Jo Clemens of Dixon, who now is the Illinois State Board of Education’s assistant superintendent for the Center for Innovation and Improvement.

“It’s kind of exciting and nervous at the same time,” McMahon said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He said Clemens left a well-run office, and he praised the abilities of the staff.

McMahon said he has developed good relationships with personnel in all the school districts the ROE serves.

McMahon has been in education for 21 years. He was a teacher and building principal before becoming assistant regional superintendent.

He was chosen by county board chairmen Kim Gouker (Ogle) and Rick Ketchum (Lee). Janet Kacvinsky has been named the new assistant regional superintendent.

The Lee-Ogle ROE is merging with the Whiteside County ROE. The merger will be final July 1, 2015.

The permanent office will be in the Whiteside ROE’s current building at 1001 W. 23rd St., Sterling, with a satellite office in either Lee or Ogle county. The Lee County Courts Building in Dixon, and the Ogle County Health Administration Building in Oregon, have been discussed as possible sites for the satellite office.

The new ROE will have a population of 148,026 with 23,871 students in 25 school districts, 10 private schools and 80 school buildings.

The new Lee-Ogle-Whiteside regional superintendent will be elected in November 2014 and will take office July 1, 2015.

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