Thursday, February 09, 2017 - Updated: 9:25 AMLast Thursday Massac Unit One School Board held a brief meeting to make a decision regarding the next superintendent.
After a short closed session, the board returned to open session to announce Jason Hayes, current principal at Massac County High School, has been named as superintendent beginning on Saturday, July 1, 2017, on a one-year contract.
Current Superintendent Dennis Smith will retire at the end of the school year.
Massac Unit One Board Chairman Donnie Koch said the board initially interviewed five candidates and then narrowed its search to three applicants, two of which lived outside of the district and one was Hayes.
“The majority of the board were in favor of Mr. Hayes. He’s been in our district for close to 20 years. The board felt he had a vested interest in the school district, Metropolis and Massac County. He’s lived here all of his life and understands the functions and operation of the district,” said Koch.
According to Hayes’ resume, he attended Franklin and Unity elementary schools and graduated from Unity in 1986. He is a 1990 graduate of Massac County High School. He went on to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, (SIU-C) where he graduated with a bachelor of science in education, with an area in history in 1997.
He also received a master of science in education from SIU-C with an area in instructional technology in 2001. He obtained a master of arts in education from Murray State University in 2007 and also received his superintendent of schools certification from SIU-C in 2014.
Hayes began working for Massac Unit One as a junior high school social studies teacher in 1997 and taught eighth grade history. He became the district technology coordinator from 2003 to 2007.
From 2007 to 2009 he was assistant principal of Massac County High School and from 2009 to present, he has served as principal at the high school and is responsible for continuous improvement of curriculum, assessment, data analysis and collaboration.
“I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Although there are some difficult decisions ahead, I am excited to remain a part of such an outstanding school district,” said Hayes.