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Our mission is to ensure a quality education for all students and prepare them for the future.

510 W. Elm Street
Gillespie, Illinois 62033
Phone (217) 839-2464 Fax (217) 839-3353
Superintendent: Shane Owsley

District Office Saff

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Cathy Edwards

District Secretary


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Wade Hendricks

Student Resource Officer

District Resource Officer

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Shane Owsley


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Trish Spencer

Administrative Secretary

Administrative Secretary

Freedom of Information Act officer is Superintendent Shane Owsley. Any FOIA Requests can be directed to Shane Owsley via email here or they can be mailed to 510 W. Elm Street, Gillespie, Illinois 62033 Attn Shane Owsley. Access to District Public Records

Board of Directors

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Peyton Bernot (He/ Him/ His)

Board of Education Member

Peyton was initially elected to the Board of Education in 2011 while he was a senior at Gillespie High School and served until 2018. Peyton rejoined the board in 2023. He obtained his undergraduate degree in political science and graduate degree in public sector labor relations from the University of Illinois. Peyton was a former staffer for the Illinois General Assembly’s bipartisan committee, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a former Human Rights Investigator and is currently the Grant Manager for the Rebuild Illinois Program in Springfield at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Community Development, carrying out local public infrastructure improvements throughout the State.…

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Bill Carter

School Board Member/Secretary

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Mark Hayes

School Board President & Treasurer

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Kathy McDaniel

CUSD7 School Board Secretary

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Amanda Ross

Board Member

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Weye Schmidt

School Board Member

Dennis Tiburzi

School Board Member

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Kellie Vesper

Board of Education Member


School Board

Gillespie CUSD 7 Board of Education information

District Documents

District Documents

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