The Meridian School Board has named Andy Pygott as the District Superintendent for the 2019-2020 school year. Pygott has been the Middle School Principal for the previous 14 years. He has a total of 20 years in education with a Masters in School Administration from the University of Illinois- Springfield and a Specialist in Education degree from Eastern Illinois University. During his administrative career, he has served as a Region Director for the Illinois Principals Association and was recognized for outstanding educational leadership by the Association in 2012. In addition, he has served on and led many district committees while at Meridian. Before serving as principal, he was a teacher and coach in both the Decatur Public School District and the Mt. Zion School District. Pygott’s wife Stacy, is a 4 th grade teacher at Mt. Zion Intermediate School. They have 4 daughters: Katlynn, Kourtney, Kelsey and Miranda along with 1 grandson, Jaxson. He will begin the job on August 5 and is ready to welcome the Meridian staff and students back for the 2019-2020 school year. Pygott stated that he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Meridian School District as the Superintendent and appreciates the support and confidence that he has received from the school board.