CHARLESTON – Halfway through his first term, Regional Superintendent Kyle Thompson has announced plans to seek re-election as Regional Superintendent for Regional Office of Education #11. …
CHARLESTON – Halfway through his first term, Regional Superintendent Kyle Thompson has announced plans to seek re-election as Regional Superintendent for Regional Office of Education #11. Thompson oversees school districts in Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Moultrie and Shelby Counties.
He touts the ability to adapt under ever changing circumstances. Nine months into his first term, schools were shut down and the profession changed.
“COVID has changed the way we lead and conduct business in a now virtual and hybrid world.” Thompson said. “It has pushed us out of our comfort zone and made us more efficient and effective in how we provide our services.”
Upon entering office, Thompson wanted to shed some positive light on the teaching profession. Additionally, Thompson continues to battle the teacher shortage crisis, working with local and statewide legislators to remove barriers to entering the profession. As school districts continue to struggle finding properly licensed teachers, he was able to create a series of teacher recruitment videos with the help of Eastern Illinois graduate students.
“It’s people, not programs,” Thompson said, citing his colleagues as the reason for the office’s recent accomplishments and promising future. “The success of anything depends on the people behind it, and I have been fortunate to help build and work with a committed group of individuals.”
Thompson is also proud of his financial record.
“In a time where not many budgets are being cut, we’ve been able to reduce the budget we ask our counties to provide and hope to do so again,” he said. “We are growing our team and expanding our services without asking for more money from our counties. That is something to be proud of.”