GIBSON CITY – GCMS Middle School Principal Jeremy Darnell will be the next superintendent of GCMS schools.

In his seventh year as principal, Darnell will replace Anthony Galindo, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

“I am very excited,” Darnell said after the meeting. “We are a very special place that I am proud to serve.

“GCMS is a community district,” he added. “Our students and community are bonded by high standards and excellence, and I want to maintain that expectation and continue a great legacy that was established long ago."

The board's personnel and finance committee interviewed five candidates in its search to replace Galindo. Darnell and one other candidate were invited for a final interview.

GCMS School Board President Josh Johnson said Darnell was the “unanimous” choice and also received the support of district staff.

The terms of Darnell's contract are being negotiated, and the board is expected to approve it at its Jan. 21 meeting.

Galindo said the middle school principal position will be advertised in January.

“I expect some internal candidates,” he said.

Before coming to GCMS, Darnell taught seventh and eighth grades in Urbana for nine years and served for two years as a middle school dean in Urbana.

He is a graduate of Knox College and received his Master of Arts in administration from the University of Illinois. He earned his Education Specialist degree from Eastern Illinois University in 2014.

Darnell said the biggest challenge facing the district will be to “protect the opportunities for students while respecting taxpayer dollars, which is very difficult in times of financial uncertainty with the state of Illinois.”