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New Leader for Illini West District

Jan 25, 2021

The person hired to serve as the next superintendent of the Illini West High School District currently works in Wyoming, but he is no stranger to Illinois.

Jay Harnack began his educational career as a teacher and coach in Effingham, Illinois.  He later served as superintendent of the Blue Ridge and North Clay districts in Illinois before heading to Wyoming.

He has been superintendent of the Sublette County School District in Pinedale, Wyoming for the past 11 years.

Harnack will become the superintendent of the Carthage-based high school district on July 1, 2021. The district said his starting pay is $122,000.

Harnack will replace Kim Schilson, who is leaving the Illini West district at the end of June.