Crystal Lake-based School District 155 administrator leaving for District 47 position

CRYSTAL LAKE – A current Community High School District 155 administrator will be leaving and starting next school year at an elementary feeder district as the head of its student learning department.

The Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 Board on Tuesday approved the hiring of Scott Kubelka, current director of curriculum and assessment for District 155, to fill the role of assistant superintendent of student learning starting July 1.

Replacing Jean Bevevino, Kubelka has been with District 155 since 2005 and previously has worked as an elementary principal and teacher for DeKalb School District 428.

"I am appreciative of the opportunity to serve [District 47] in this capacity," Kubelka said in a recent District 47 news release. "For years, I had the good fortune to collaborate with [District] 47 staff on a variety of matters and I have always admired and appreciated what they have accomplished for the benefit of students. To be part of [District] 47 in this manner means a great deal to me."

District 47 Superintendent Kathy Hinz said Kubelka's prior experience at the high school district will be beneficial to his role at the elementary district.

"We look forward to having Scott join our team," she said in the release. "Scott's roots in elementary education combined with his unique perspective and experience at the high school level will allow us to continue to align and reinforce our efforts to prepare students for high school and beyond."

For District 155, it means the loss of an administrator Superintendent Johnnie Thomas said "has done a wonderful job during his time with our district."

He added that district leaders will discuss the position and get something posted for next year once Kubelka officially tenders his resignation.

As director of curriculum and assessment, Kubelka works under Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Corey Tafoya. In his new position, Thomas said the two will still work together across districts.

"We believe that having him be the curriculum leader in [District 47], working alongside his current supervisor – they will continue to form a team," Thomas said. "We are really excited for him."

Kubelka and Bevevino, who has been with the district for 17 years, will finish out the current school year.

In her retirement, Bevevino said she plans to stay connected to educational leadership and coaching/mentoring, and looks forward to spending time with her family.

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