Rodebaugh to be new Cerro Gordo principal

Approving a referendum to improve its facilities made the Cerro Gordo school district an attractive landing spot for Jeremy Rodebaugh.

The 16-year employee of the Arthur school system was hired recently as the Cerro Gordo junior/senior high school principal. He replaces Steve Cline, who will move up the road to become an administrator in the Bement school district.

“One item that I am very excited about would be the building project,” said Rodebaugh of the $8.2 million endeavor that will include an addition to connect the high school with the newer gym and band structure. “It is not an easy decision to pass a school referendum in today’s economic environment, so I believe its passing speaks a lot to the district leadership and the community’s commitment to its schools. As an educator that definitely makes Cerro Gordo the type of community that I want to invest in.”

Rodebaugh, 38, is a native of Sullivan, graduating from Sullivan High School in 1997. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Illinois University in 2003, and later a Master of Science in Educational Leadership (2008) and an Educational Specialist certification (2017), also from EIU.

To this point, his entire post-university career has been in the Arthur school district.

“My first five years I taught high school business and coached football, boys and girls basketball, and baseball. The last 11 years I have been a technology director and general administrator filling a variety of roles including being an athletic director and vocational director,” said Rodebaugh.

Cerro Gordo Superintendent Brett Robinson said Rodebaugh rose to the top of 18 applicants, five of whom were interviewed.

“Many things (stood out),” commented Robinson. “Leadership, professionalism, students first approach, and a variety of experiences in a junior/senior high school in a district similar to ours are among the things that stand out about Mr. Rodebaugh.”

The new CG principal said his focus would be “to be an advocate for our staff and students by supporting them and providing them with the tools, skills, professional development, etc. necessary to positively impact learning. In short I want to provide the leadership and serve the district in any capacity necessary to raise student achievement.”

He added two major priorities would be to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff, and continue to develop curriculum, instruction and assessment “around evidence-based practices that are focused on raising student achievement.”

Rodebaugh, currently a resident of Tuscola, has two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son.


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