The Mundelein High School board has chosen a downstate administrator with suburban ties to lead the district for the next five years.
Kevin Myers will replace Jody Ware as Mundelein's superintendent.
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Myers now serves as the superintendent in Streator Township High School District 40.
Ware is retiring at the end of the school year. Myers will begin work in Mundelein on May 30, officials announced.
"I view the role of superintendent as an opportunity to have a tremendous impact on the future of the students of Mundelein High School as well as the town, not only as an active community member, but as the leader of the district," Myers said in a news release.
The school board approved his five-year contract Tuesday night. Myers will earn a $179,000 base salary in his first year as Mundelein High's superintendent.
Myers was one of three finalists for the job. Although all were excellent candidates, Myers had an edge, board member Tami Forman said.
"He's a go-getter," she said. "I'm genuinely very, very excited."
Myers has led the Streator district since 2009.
He previously served as director of secondary schools at Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora.
He also worked as an administrator and teacher in Indiana.
Myers' employment references gave him fantastic marks, Forman said.
"All the people glowed about him," she said. "They could not say enough nice (things) about the guy."
Ware has led Mundelein High since 2008. She announced her intent to retire in April 2013.
Ware is set to earn $235,453 this year.