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Alton School Board selects Elaine Kane as next superintendent

By MELISSA CROCKETT MESKE
macmeske@ibjonline.com

Elaine Kane

A special meeting of the Alton School District Board of Education on Friday, Mar. 1, 2024, resulted in the selection of Elaine Kane as the next district superintendent.

Kane will officially assume the role on July 1, 2024, as current superintendent Dr. Kristie Baumgartner vacates the position as previously announced.

Kane was approved with a three-year contract for the position. She currently serves the district as its assistant superintendent and has more than 25 years of experience in education. Kane started her career with the district as a Title I teacher in 1994 at Irving Elementary, later adding J.B. Johnson and Gilson Brown Elementary Schools to her 18 years of teaching experience. Before being promoted to assistant district superintendent in 2020, Kane served as curriculum director and literacy coach for the district.

She brings extensive experience in a wide range of educational areas to the position as district superintendent, including curriculum development, instruction, and assessment; budget development and management; grants administration; contract negotiations; school operations oversight and planning; safety planning; community collaboration; special programs development and coordination such as the district’s popular “Reach Out and Read (ROAR)” program; as well as much more.

As an educator and administrator, Kane holds endorsements as an education administrator and superintendent along with her teaching licensure. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Illinois and her graduate and specialist degrees at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

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