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D161 Principals Switch Schools

With the closing of Mary Drew Elementary School and the upcoming retirement of Hilda Walker's principal, officials move some district principals to new schools.

Some Summit Hill School District 161 principals will be in new schools next year thanks to some reshuffling announced in a district e-mail Wednesday.

Sent by Supt. Barb Rains, the e-mail, which went to district parents, laid out the following changes (the parentheses denote the principals' previous schools):

  • : Kathy Klein () and Chirstine Carey (Frankfort Square)
  • : Jason Isdonas (Dr. Julian Rogus Kindergarten)
  • : Michael Ruffalo (Dr. Julian Rogus School)

The moves come as district officials continue to adjust to the closing of Mary Drew. At the time, board members and Rains said Klein, Mary Drew's principal, would stay in the district. Another reason for the changes are because of the retirement of Hilda Walker Principal Jan Zevkovich at the end of this school year.

The following is the complete text of the e-mail:

Dear Parents,

As we begin to plan for the next school year, I would like to announce changes in leadership at the K-6 level. The changes were necessitated by the retirement of Ms. Zevkovich and the closing of Mary Drew School.

Please welcome Mrs. Klein and Mrs.Carey as Co-Principals who will be sharing the leadership of Dr. Julian Rogus School beginning this fall. At Frankfort Square School, please welcome Mr. Isdonas as the Principal, and at Walker School, please welcome Mr. Ruffalo as the Principal.

These individuals have conveyed that they look forward to beginning a new chapter in their service in District 161 and eagerly await the opportunity to embrace their new learning communities.

"Meet and Greet" sessions have taken place with school staffs. We are working with SCO leadership teams to develop assemblies next month and open houses this summer to support students and parents as they begin to learn about their new learning community.

Change is an important part of moving forward. As we regroup, please keep in mind that there are things that we never what to let go of and people we never want to leave behind. Letting go isn't the end of the world, it is the beginning of a new life.

Keep checking back for updates on this story.

Donny April 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM
There was another board meeting last night....any information on this? Shocked that there was no live blog......
Spring 2013 April 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
@Donny, last night 3 board members were absent. @Joe any additional info. would be appreciated. Thanks
Joe Vince (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
@Donny and @Spring 2013: Unfortunately, this story broke late yesterday (http://patch.com/A-sxhT), which meant I was covering it instead of being at the meeting. The agenda was light, however. Largely, I'm sure, because the district is on spring break (which probably explains the absence of some of the board members). I'll be following up today. Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort

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