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New Superintendent Beginning 2025-2026

Dear Grant Community High School District 124 Community,

In May, Dr. Christy Sefcik announced her retirement to GCHS families, effective at the end of the 2024/25 school year.  We are sure this public announcement was news to our families!  However, Dr. Sefcik communicated her intention to retire to the Board of Education more than 4 years ago, and we have had a great deal of time to contemplate the district’s leadership succession plan.  Those succession plans began in earnest this past December, after Dr. Sefcik formally shared her upcoming retirement with GCHS faculty and staff.   

Selecting a superintendent to lead the district is our most important responsibility and one we took very seriously.  After careful consideration, we are thrilled to announce that the Board of Education has selected Dr. Jeremy Schmidt, as the next Superintendent of Grant Community High School District 124.  Dr. Schmidt has been the beloved principal at Grant Community High School for the past 11 years.  He served as a divisional administrator and English teacher at GCHS prior to his role as principal.  He will officially assume the role of superintendent on July 1, 2025.  

Dr. Schmidt’s leadership abilities, passion for education and commitment to student success have been on display for the Board for more than a decade.  With Dr. Schmidt actively participating in each and every Board of Education meeting, for all of his 11 years as principal, he has distinguished himself as a leader instrumental in fostering a culture of academic excellence, innovation and inclusivity.

Dr. Schmidt brings with him a wealth of experience, valuable relationships, and a deep understanding of our school community.  We are confident that Dr. Schmidt will continue to uphold the values and traditions of our district while charting a course for even greater achievements in the years to come. His proven leadership, dedication, and vision make him the ideal candidate to lead us into the future.

As one of the many benefits of promoting internally to a qualified candidate, we are looking forward to a very smooth transition.  Dr. Sefcik has more than a year to pass along the knowledge and experience learned as our superintendent, and Dr. Schmidt has an equal length of time to prepare to fill his current school leadership role.

This decision was also an act of financial stewardship by the Board of Education.  With an ideal internal candidate fully prepared to take on this new leadership role, a costly superintendent search, estimated on average to be between $40,000-$100,000, was avoided.    

We hope you join us in congratulating Dr. Jeremy Schmidt on his selection as the next superintendent of Grant Community High School District 124!  Have a wonderful, restful summer!

Sincerely,
The GCHS Board of Education