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HEYWORTH — Lisa Taylor has been named new superintendent of the Heyworth school district.

She replaced Ty Wolf, who left the McLean County district after the school board voted against extending his contract in September.

School board President Chuck Brannock said Wolf's separation was "amicable from both parties."

Taylor first entered the district in July as the junior/senior high school principal. Before coming to Heyworth, she served 15 years in the Decatur school district as teacher, building level administrator, central office administrator and superintendent.

“I’m from a smaller town and Heyworth has the same family feel to the community. The district has great parent participation, not just at events but for anything you ask for,” said Taylor. “People are always willing to help and it greatly benefits the district as a whole."

In her role as principal, Taylor helped expand curriculum offerings, especially dual-credit courses and work-based learning experiences.

Taylor said that she hopes to build relationships with businesses in the community to expand the work-based curriculum for students.

"Mrs. Taylor has demonstrated she can be a catalyst for moving our district forward as we not only strive to prepare students to be college and career ready, but ready for life in general," said Brannock.

He said Taylor also has a "tremendous rapport" with Heyworth staff.

"She is very knowledgeable but she can communicate with people on any level. That's a huge conducive change and will serve the district very well," said Brannock. 

From her experience as superintendent in Decatur, Taylor said she learned the importance of “establishing a good working relationship with staff, students, family members and the community.”

“That’s something I worked hard to do in Decatur and I plan to continue here,” she said.

Taylor lives in Heyworth with her husband, Rich, and three children.

Follow Julia Evelsizer on Twitter: @pg_evelsizer

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