Vandalia native David H. Rademacher, who is in his third year as superintendent of schools in Patoka, has been named superintendent of Centralia City Schools.
In that position, Rademacher will oversee the education of students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. He will begin his duties July 1.
He previously served as principal of the pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school in Ramsey. Before that, he was a business teacher and coach at Vandalia Community High School.
Rademacher’s hiring was approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the City Schools Board of Education. He will replace Superintendent Tom Hawkins, who is retiring after 30 years in the district, the last eight years as superintendent.
“It’s an exciting opportunity,” Rademacher told The Leader-Union on Wednesday. “It’s a bigger district and it will be a bigger challenge. But I’ve heard a lot of positive things about the administration and the teaching staff.”
He said that the district “is moving in the right direction,” and he wants to continue that movement. “I try to be a consensus builder, to get people involved in the school.”
A major difference in the Centralia position will be the size of the district. Patoka has about 300 students; Centralia has 1,300 in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
A press release issued by the district said Rademacher has the “skills and qualifications necessary to continue the long tradition of excellence and commitment to fulfilling the vision of the Centralia City Schools, ‘that each may learn.’”
Rademacher, his wife Leann and their four sons currently live in Ramsey. They will be moving to the Centralia district later this year, he said.
He is the son of Bill and Iris Rademacher of Vandalia.