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School District 300 chief academic officer to take superintendent job in California

Benjamin Churchill
Benjamin Churchill

ALGONQUIN – After a year as Algonquin-based Community Unit School District 300’s chief academic officer, Benjamin Churchill is moving to the sunny beaches of California to fill a superintendent role.

Churchill, who has been with District 300 serving in various capacities, will be the next superintendent of Carlsbad Unified School District in Carlsbad, California.

“I feel very fortunate and just really excited about the opportunity,” Churchill said.

He began looking for superintendent positions about a year ago after doing some collaborative soul searching with his wife, Nicole, he said.

They decided southern California was one of their top location choices before the head administrative role opened up earlier this year.

Churchill will move with Nicole and their two daughters, one who will be in first grade and the other who will be in fifth grade next year.

Before serving as the chief academic officer, Churchill was the assistant superintendent for high school teaching and learning for four years and before that, served as Dundee-Crown High School’s associate principal of curriculum and as the freshmen academy coordinator, too.

Throughout his time with District 300, he said a lot was accomplished. Specifically, he pointed to partnerships with Elgin Community College that facilitate more dual-credit opportunities and initiatives using the Advancement via Individual Determination program to help more students prepare for college.

Looking forward, Churchill said his immediate plan for the Carlsbad school district will first and foremost be to listen and observe to gain a good understanding of the district’s needs.

“I also have an affinity for technology in schools, so I’m interested to learn more about their current tech initiatives, and certainly would like to support students and teachers in increasing the use of technology in classrooms.”

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