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Sy Stone selected as next Crab Orchard Superintendent


The Crab Orchard Community Unit School District 3 Board of Education has named Mr. Sy Stone as the next Superintendent of Schools starting July 1st, 2021 to succeed Mr. Derek Hutchins, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 33 years in education, the last 17 as Superintendent .  Mr. Stone currently is the Pre-K – 12 principal of Crab Orchard Schools.


The selection is the result of a search that produced nearly 10 qualified applicants from diverse geographic and professional backgrounds.


The Crab Orchard Board of Education is extraordinarily pleased with the outcome of this search process. In the end, Mr. Stone proved himself the best fit to carry forward the vision of the District. His track record of driving academic excellence at Crab Orchard CUSD 3 over the past 15 years, as both teacher and principal, along with his passion for working with students and families of our community, demonstrates his capability to succeed in this new role.  


Mr. Stone completed his Superintendent Endorsement and Licensure from Southern Illinois University. Prior to obtaining his superintendent licensure, he earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, and an Associate Degree from Southeastern Illinois College.


“The Board of Education is extremely excited that Sy Stone will be the new leader for Crab Orchard CUSD 3.  We believe great things will happen in a school where all students are challenged, all have choices about their education and all get feedback to correct the course of their choices.” Board President Matt Troxel said. “For this to happen, we need continued leadership that is willing to take risks and put the energy and enthusiasm into their work to let the kids know how important their education is.  I’m excited to begin this journey with Sy as he brings a spirit of teamwork, and a commitment to youth.”


“I am honored to have been chosen for this position,” said Mr. Stone.  “I am grateful to serve in this capacity. I will work collaboratively, with an emphasis on teamwork and a “students first” mindset, to continue moving our district in a positive direction and improving the educational outcomes for all of our students.”

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