Neoga hires Fritcher as superintendent

Bill Fritcher

Bill Fritcher, who has been superintendent of Teutopolis schools for the past nine years, will be heading Neoga School District, starting July 1.

The Neoga Board of Education voted to employ Fritcher as its new superintendent during a special meeting Thursday.

"I am honored to be selected for this position. Both of my children graduated from Neoga schools and have been well prepared by an excellent staff," he said. " I look forward to working with them to provide all students with opportunities that prepare them for college or career."

Fritcher is being hired on a three-year contract and will succeed Ben Johnson, who is moving to the Benton High School District.

“Thanks to a team effort involving school staff, school board, students and the community, Neoga Unit 3 has overcome significant financial obstacles in the past five to seven years. We have begun adding back programs that were eliminated," Neoga School Board President Chuck Campbell said. "It is our belief that Mr. Fritcher brings the experience and a strong student-centered approach necessary to take our school district to the next level.”

Teutopolis School Board President Brad Koester said Neoga School District is "getting a good man."

"It was a unique set of circumstances where Bill Fritcher lives in Neoga and his children attended Neoga schools. This position will allow him to finish out his educational career and get him closer to home," he said. "He is of the highest utmost character and the Teutopolis School Board wishes him nothing but the best."

Koester said the Teutopolis School Board met Thursday and posted the notice for a new superintendent on Friday, with a two-week window for applicants to apply. He said they hope to bring in a replacement before the beginning of the school year.

Crystal Reed can be reached at crystal.reed@effinghamdailynews.com or by phone at 217-347-7151 ext. 131