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Sweger steps down; Hamilton steps in

Ohio School to have new superintendent

Jennifer Hamilton
Jennifer Hamilton

OHIO — A new superintendent will walk the halls at Ohio Schools next year.

After 11 years at Ohio, Sharon Sweger has decided to step down and retire from her position, effective June 30.

Sweger said it was a tough decision to make, however, she is looking forward to the new chapter in her life and hopes to move some place warm.

‘I’m really going to miss the students. I really enjoyed the kids,” she said.

Sweger said she is also looking forward to finishing up the school year and still has many projects on her list she would like to see be completed before leaving Ohio.

“I have a lot of things I still want to accomplish between now and June 30, so I haven’t slowed down any,” she said.

Many of the projects include continuing to improve the structure and appearance of Ohio Schools.

On Monday, Feb. 15, during a joint special meeting, the Ohio High School Board and Ohio Elementary School Board agreed to hire Jennifer Hamilton, a native of Fulton, to assume the position of superintendent.

Hamilton is currently the principal/superintendent of Damiansville Elementary School District.

Sweger said she is confident Hamilton will be a great fit for Ohio Schools.

“We were really pleased to find a candidate who really was qualified and had some of the same goals in mind as this community has for this school,” she said.

Hamilton graduated from Fulton High School and attended Mount Saint Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, for one year before transferring to Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. While at Northwestern, Hamilton majored in psychology. Her first position after graduation was with Lutheran Social Services of Iowa.

Hamilton married her husband, Brian, before relocating to Normal, where she pursued a second bachelor’s degree in social science education. She then graduated from Illinois State University with a master’s degree in school counseling.

Hamilton started her professional career at Gridley School District before moving to District 87 in Bloomington.

In 1996, Hamilton joined the McLean County Unit 5 staff in Normal. While working for McLean County, Hamilton continued her education at Illinois State University and completed Illinois licensing and administrative requirements for principal and superintendent certification.

Hamilton spent 13 years at Normal Community High School as a school counselor, assistant principal and associate principal and six years at Chiddix Junior High as the associate principal.

Hamilton and Brian have one daughter and two sons. Their children have been very active in sports and have graduated or are currently attending college.

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