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District 156 reevaluates assistant principal positions

McHENRY – With both McHenry West High School assistant principal positions open, the District 156 school board is considering cutting the cost of those positions.

The district, which includes both of McHenry's high schools, is in the processing of interviewing candidates and deciding whether they'll be offered 12-month or 10.5-month contracts, Superintendent Mike Roberts said.

The picks will replace Carl Vallianatos, who was promoted to be the district's new director of curriculum and instruction, and Mike Przybylski, who was hired on as associate principal for student services at Grayslake Central High School in District 127.

By shortening the work year, District 156 would save between $10,000 and $15,000 per position, Roberts said.

"It's a matter of controlling the budget," he said. "It's further streamlining. Is there a lot of work? Yes, but it will all get done."

One of the positions will definitely be a shortened year, but whether both would be is still up in the air, Roberts said.

Giving both new assistant principals 10.5-month contracts would require moving one of the assistant principals at McHenry East High School, both of which have 12-month contracts, to West Campus to handle the summer workload there, he said.

Roberts hopes to have a decision by Monday after the interviews are done.

Any contract offered to the assistant principal applicant would require school board approval.

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