SALEM — An administrator with the Kaskaskia Special Education District has announced his candidacy for Regional Superintendent of Schools for Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties.
Jacob Purcell of Salem will be running as a Republican candidate for ROE 13 in the March 18 primary. Purcell will face Ron Daniels, the current ROE 25, in the primary. Keri Garrett, the current ROE 13, is the only Democrat candidate.
Prior to his current position, Purcell worked at Salem Community High School 600 as a special education teacher and at Patoka Community Unit School District 100 as a Social Studies teacher.
“My current position allows me to work with students from 31 school districts and balance the needs of multiple schools and school leaders regarding services provided to students,” Purcell stated in a news release. “This experience is ideal to prepare for leading and making decisions for the benefit of the approximately 62 school districts that will become part of newly redistricted Regional Office of Education 13.”
ROE 13 was redistricted due to consolidations made by the Illinois Legislature to reduce the number of ROE offices from 45 to 35. Due to this consolidation, ROE 25, currently serving Jefferson and Hamilton counties, will be split up. Jefferson County will join ROE 13 and Hamilton County will be joining ROE 20 in southeastern Illinois.
Purcell’s goal for office is to better organize and structure the services provided to the students in the school districts located in Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties.
“I believe there are many opportunities to be more fiscally responsible and provide better services and programs than are currently available in both the ROE offices that are being overseen by Daniels and Garrett,” he stated.