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Marengo School District 154 hires current administrator as new superintendent

MARENGO – A current administrator for Marengo Community High School District 154 will be stepping into the highest leadership role in July as Superintendent Dan Bertrand steps down after more than a decade.

David Engelbrecht, who now serves as assistant superintendent of operations for the one-school district, was hired by the school board during the most recent meeting, according to a post on the district website.

Engelbrecht will replace Bertrand, who will be retiring June 30 at the end of a three-year contract after serving as superintendent for the past 11 years. The school board awarded the incoming superintendent a three-year contract.

Prior to his current role, Engelbrecht was an assistant administrator of technology, transportation and building and grounds for eight years with the district, the post said. Before that, he began his career in education as a teacher of industrial technology/agriculture for 11 years at Kirkland-Hiawatha High School, and then at Marengo Community High School.

With a total of 33 years in education, Bertrand said in an email that he does not have concrete plans for after retirement but hopes to continue his work in the education field.

He added being superintendent of District 154 has been the best role in his career.

"I have been blessed to work with outstanding administrators, teachers and support staff who truly have the best interest of our students in mind at all times," Bertrand said. "Our staff has done an excellent job adapting to many local and state initiatives over the years with tremendous results and accomplishments. Including [being] recognized as one of Illinois’ Top 100 high schools for three consecutive years."

Engelbrecht and Board President Elizabeth Henning did not immediately respond to messages from the Northwest Herald.

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