"Ptacek is leaving. He told his staff he was taking a job in Paducah, Kentucky."
Today, Thursday, January 20, 2011, the pjstar reports...
Richwoods principal may break contract
Ptacek in the running to be superintendent at another district.
After just three years, Richwoods High School Principal Steve Ptacek may be moving on and up.
Ptacek, 43, is a finalist for the superintendent post of a tiny southern Illinois school district of about 300 students. The Joppa Maple Grove School Board meets Monday and is expected to vote to hire a superintendent. The school district's current superintendent, Catherin Trampe, said she is retiring.
Ptacek, who came to Peoria in 2008, said he recently sent an e-mail to teachers and staff to quell rumors. Ptacek said, "I can't say what is happening," but noted in the e-mail he was not being fired and that he would remain at the school through the end of the school year.
"That's not healthy to have those kinds of rumors going around," Ptacek said. When asked about the job prospect, he replied, "I can't say anything officially right now . . . I'm not in that position, probably next week."
Ptacek originally signed a four-year contract with District 150 in 2008 and is paid $110,000 annually. Before coming to Peoria, he was principal at Centralia High School in southern Illinois. Prior to that, the Navy veteran was assistant principal at Cahokia High School, also in southern Illinois. He is from Lebanon.
Last year, Ptacek completed the necessary courses at Western Illinois University to hold a Type 26 certificate, which upon activation would allow him to hold a superintendent position for up to one year as an internship. Provided he showed the necessary skills during that time, he said a superintendent's endorsement would be granted by the state.