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A Message from Your Superintendent

April 21st, 2020

I am pleased to share that District 57 has hired Susannah Wade to fill the new assistant principal position for Lincoln Middle School. Susannah has extensive experience in special education and currently leads the Social and Academic Readiness (SOAR) program at Springman Junior High in Glenview District 34. Prior to that, she was a program lead and special education teacher at Freedom Middle School in Berwyn. With Susannah’s skills and background, I am confident that she’ll be a great fit at Lincoln and will do an excellent job of fulfilling the very important and complex responsibilities of this job.

Susannah will join Randy Steen as assistant principal at Lincoln. As approved by the School Board in February, we are replacing the student services coordinator position with this one, in order to handle the significant increase in legal mandates and administrative responsibilities, such as student services support and performance reviews. Student services coordinators were added to each school a few years ago when the District was having trouble finding school psychologists due to a shortage. The student services coordinator handled some special education tasks but could not help with the large administrative workload. So the position was eliminated at Fairview, Lions Park and Westbrook and replaced with assistant principals. That change was not made at Lincoln, which already had one assistant principal. But due to the higher number of students and staff and the larger facility, there has continued to be great need for an additional middle school administrator. The addition of this position puts Lincoln on equal footing with neighboring districts, in terms of student-to-administrator and staff-to-administrator ratios.

Principal Paul Suminski and a search committee made up of staff members screened many applicants for this position, and I thank them for their diligence in finding such a high-quality candidate. Please join me in welcoming Susannah to District 57!

I also want to share with you that Trevor Hope, our director of technology, has accepted a position at another school district and will be leaving on June 30. Trevor has been a valued member of my team, and his technical expertise and leadership have helped empower students and staff to use technology in meaningful ways. This has been especially important as we’ve embarked upon remote learning. We will miss Trevor, but we wish him well! The director of technology position has been posted, and I’m hopeful that we’ll get many qualified candidates.

I hope your week of remote learning is going well!

Warm Regards,
Dr. Elaine Aumiller

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