Cheek will be next superintendent at CUSD 305

Arthur Community Unit School District 305 Board of Education hired Shannon Cheek of Mahomet to take over as district superintendent on July 1. With the new superintendent, above, are his daughter, Raegan, and his wife, Kim. Photo by Roger W. Bonham

Staff Writer

Shannon Cheek of Mahomet, formerly of Bement, will be the next superintendent of Arthur Community Unit School District 305.

The board of education hired the current Mahomet-Seymour High School principal during a special meeting Thursday evening, April 11, in the superintendent’s office at the high school.

“We are extremely excited to have Mr. Shannon Cheek as the new leader for CUSD 305 and feel he is a great fit for the district and communities,” commented Jake Kamm, board president.

Cheek will assume his duties on July 1. He succeeds Kenny Schwengel who is retiring at the end of the school year.

The new superintendent and his wife Kim have two daughters, Morgan who is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky and Raegan who is a sophomore in high school.

“I am extremely grateful and excited to be given the opportunity to lead a district where its students, staff, and communities are dedicated and passionate about education,” Cheek said. “My family and I are looking forward to becoming active members of the district.”

An open house will be held at a later date to welcome Superintendent Cheek and his family to the district.

Cheek has been employed in the Mahomet-Seymour School District since 1999, first as a teacher and coach then as assistant principal for five years. He became principal in 2011.

He also taught for a year at Heritage High School before moving to Mahomet-Seymour.

Cheek received his Specialist in Education with Superintendent Endorsement from Eastern Illinois University. He received his Master of Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois.

He grew up in Bement where he attended high school and played sports for the Bulldogs in the 1980s.

The new superintendent was selected from a pool of 32 applicants after completing a nationwide search through the Illinois Association of School Boards that was initiated by the District 305 board of education in December 2018.

President Kamm thanked district residents for their help in selecting the new administrator.

“The board thanks the nearly 300 community members and district staff who completed a survey in conjunction with the search to help provide guidance to the board on what criteria to use in the selection process,” Kamm said.

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