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Changed role for District 156 assistant principal to save $40,000

Published: Friday, July 18, 2014 12:11 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 3:25 p.m. CDT

McHENRY – A McHenry West High School dean and one of its department chairs will move into the two open assistant principal positions.

A decision has not been made at which of District 156's two high schools the new hires will work, Superintendent Mike Roberts said, adding that because both openings occurred at McHenry West, it may make more sense to move one of East Campus's more experienced assistant principals to West.

The two new assistant principals were also hired on with 10.5-month contracts instead of 12-month ones, which will save the district nearly $40,000 but require the summer load currently carried by those positions to be picked up by someone else, Roberts said.

Amber Bowgren, who was a dean at West Campus for six years and a Spanish teacher for four years, was hired at $90,000, and Kyle Hobson, the chairwoman of the campus's English department, will be paid $87,000. Hobson was an English teacher with Richmond-Burton Community High School for 14 years before coing to McHenry where she has been the department chair for four years.

They replace Carl Vallianatos, who became the district's director of curriculum and instruction, and Mike Przybylski, who was hired as associate principal for student services at Grayslake Central High School in District 127

"These two are quality," Roberts said. "Amber [Bowgren] has sat there in that dean's role for six years. The deans in our district do a whole lot of things outside of just discipline. ... It's a natural movement for her. And Kyle [Hobson] is a very strong academic. She really has a tremendous grasp on where we need to go curricularly in this ever evolving educational world."

The budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 will be made available for public viewing Aug. 12. A public hearing on the budget is planned for Sept. 15.

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