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NEOGA — Current Teutopolis School District Superintendent Bill Fritcher is set to become the new superintendent for Neoga.

The Neoga school board voted Thursday night to hire Fritcher to replace outgoing Superintendent Ben Johnson, who is moving to the Benton High School District. Johnson has served as Neoga's superintendent since February 2017 and has been an administrator there since 2005.

Neoga district officials reported in a press release that Fritcher has 30 years of teaching and administrative experience in the Shelbyville, Effingham and Teutopolis districts. Most recently, he has been the Teutopolis superintendent for the past nine years.

School board President Chuck Campbell said the Neoga district has overcome significant financial obstacles in the past five to seven years thanks to a team effort involving school staff, the school board and students. He said they have begun adding back programs that were eliminated.

"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,” Campbell said.

Fritcher and his wife, Julie, live in Neoga and have two grown children. Fritcher’s college degrees are all from Eastern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the Illinois Association of School Administrators’ School for Advanced Leadership.

“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. I look forward to working with them to provide all students with opportunities that prepare them for college or career,” Fritcher said.

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