MACON — A new superintendent will take the helm at Meridian Community Unit School District on Monday following the resignation of Dan Brue, who is under investigation by the Macon County Sheriff's Office.
Andy Pygott, the district's middle school principal for the past 14 years, was named by the board on Friday. Before working at Meridian, he served as a teacher and coach for the public school districts in Decatur and Mount Zion.
Brue stepped down July 26 for reasons that neither he nor the school board have revealed. In a letter to the board, Brue apologized for "putting the district in a poor light." He declined to elaborate when contacted by the Herald & Review. Macon County Sheriff Tony Brown has said the sheriff's office is investigating allegations of financial improprieties related to Brue. No charges have been filed.
School board President Chris Jones said the board appreciates Pygott's willingness to step into the role during what Jones described as "a time of challenge."
"The Meridian Board of Education will fully support Mr. Pygott in his new role and has confidence that Mr. Pygott will lead the Meridian School District forward in a manner that positively reflects upon the Meridian School District, including its administrators, faculty, staff, and students," Jones said in a statement.
Pygott has a master's degree from the University of Illinois Springfield and an education specialist degree from Eastern Illinois University, the board said. He has served as a region director for the Illinois Principals Association and was recognized for outstanding educational leadership by the organization in 2012.
He said in a statement that he is grateful for the opportunity and appreciates the support and confidence of the school board.