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Granite City High School Graduation

Principal Jiim Greenwald welcoming everyone to the graduation ceremonies.

Granite City High School Principal Jim Greenwald will replace Harry Briggs as Granite City School District superintendent beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

The district's school board named Greenwald to the position at its meeting on Tuesday.

Briggs is retiring on June 30, 2013, after six years as superintendent. Before he was superintendent, Briggs served 19 years as Madison County Regional Superintendent and 19 years as a Granite City teacher and principal.

Greenwald was the only candidate considered, Briggs said. He said the board thought Greenwald was an excellent choice and didn't want to spend the money on a search. "The board felt that it was important to get this done now so that Jim and I can work together for the next year," Briggs said.

"He's proven himself time and again that he's a fine educator," Briggs said.

No salary has been set yet.

Greenwald has worked in Granite City since 1993 as a middle school teacher, athletic director, assistant principal and high school principal. He is a Granite City High School graduate. He received his specialist degree from Lindenwood University, an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a master's degree in educational leadership from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Look for our Wednesday, July 25, paper to read more about Greenwald and the Granite City School District.