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'Can-do' Karanovich named Superintendent of the Year

An amazing level of energy and a seemingly limitless "can-do" attitude propelled Macomb CUSD 185's Frances B. Karanovich to selection as Superintendent of the Year, as named by the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

The 33-year veteran of education, now in her fourth year as superintendent in Macomb, said at first she was in awe upon learning that she had been named. But that feeling was soon replaced by one of humbleness. To her, the award represents more than just a distinction that she will carry proudly to represent Illinois at the American Association of School Administrators meeting in San Antonio in February. It also represents affirmation.

"I would hope all of us in our lives have the opportunity to be affirmed in what we do," Karanovich said. "We don't know what's coming, but I do know two things: God takes care of Fran Karanovich ... and the best is yet to come."

Karanovich, a graduate of East St. Louis High School, earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her doctorate from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Macomb CUSD 185 is a K-12 district in west central Illinois with about 1,900 students. The city is home to Western Illinois University.



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