ROWVA Junior-Senior High Principal Joe Peters will return to the classroom next year.

ROWVA Junior-Senior High Principal Joe Peters will return to the classroom next year. 

After a closed session to discuss personnel matters, the ROWVA District 208 Board of Education on Monday approved the “resignation to reclassify” Peters and post the position of junior/senior high principal for the 2018-2019 school year.

“He has tenure in the position and has the right to a teaching position,” Superintendent Joe Sornberger said via email Tuesday. “He’s still principal now and will be throughout the rest of the year.”

Peters, who has been principal for 10 years, said Tuesday he “just was looking at what was best for me and my family.” He would not elaborate on his comment.

He first taught in Algonquin, then spent 12 years in Bushnell before coming to ROWVA as principal. 

He is certified in Illinois to teach social studies, history, psychology and sociology. 

“I’m a dime-a-dozen social studies teacher,” he said, which is where he sees himself next year. "Yeah. Right now we’re looking at that. We’re still in the process of finalizing that. I didn’t want to have to replace any of the teachers. We’re just kind of looking at curriculum and there’s some other positions in the district as well that we’ll look at. "

Following closed session, the board also: 

n Posted two teaching positions and two other positions for the coming year. 

n Hired Joel Zaiser, junior high softball coach; Mike Weitekamp, junior high baseball coach; and Kim Weedman, high school basketball cheerleading coach.

n Some ROWVA District 208 preschool children will benefit from a state grant recently received by the district, ROWVA Central Elementary Principal Kerry Danner told the board. Regional Office of Education No. 33 (Henderson, Knox, Mercer and Warren counties) applied for the grant on behalf of several districts. 

A new preschool classroom will open April 3 with all-day sessions for 19 students who are four years old, entering kindergarten in the fall, and who were determined to meet eligible criteria based on information supplied during enrollment. 

The district currently has two half-day programs with 14 in each class and those will continue. Some students on the preschool wait list will take the place of those in the half-day classes that will be moved to the full-day class. 

n At least 650 attended the district’s Pre-K-12 open house March 1. 

n Two people spoke in support of ROWVA-Williamsfield basketball coach Bob Anderson at the beginning of the meeting, though coaching assignments were not on the agenda. 

The board approved the following: 

n Sanding and refinishing the high school gymnasium floor at a cost of about $15,000.

n Joe Sornberger, Jim Haynes, Gary Haynes, Glenn Scott and Jimmy Walker as boat captains for the ROWVA bass fishing team.

n The 2018-19 school calendar with graduation at 3 p.m. May 19 and baccalaureate at 7 p.m. May 18. 

n Renewal of the football and cheerleading co-op with Galva and Williamsfield. 

n Renewal of Illinois High School Association membership.