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PR, South principals take new roles

CRYSTAL LAKE – There will be some shakeup next year in the leadership at two District 155 schools.

Principals at Prairie Ridge and Crystal Lake South high schools have taken different positions within the district.

Prairie Ridge Principal Paul Humpa is headed back to the classroom after more than a decade leading the school. Humpa, 47, earns $157,862 as Prairie Ridge’s principal. He had the job for 12 years, but has logged 17 years in District 155 administration. He will teach mathematics next fall.

“After much consideration and reflection over the past few years about the responsibilities of the role, I have decided that it is time for the next leader to take our school into the future,” Humpa said in a statement.

At South, Principal Marsha Potthoff has accepted a role as the district’s coordinator of grant management and educational services out of the district office.

Potthoff will oversee grant writing, a new position at District 155.

“It’s a great addition for the district,” spokesman Jeff Puma said.

Potthoff has been with the district since 1996 – first as director of guidance before becoming principal 10 years ago. Before that, she was an English teacher in Sycamore.

“It was the right position for me,” she said. “After being in the same role for 10 years, I was ready for [a] change. With my background, it seemed like a good fit.”

Potthoff, 49, earns $155,524 as South’s principal.

Salaries for the two positions have not yet been determined, Puma said.


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