Students in Deerfield and Highland Park soon will see new officials in the halls.
Two Deerfield Public Schools District 109 principals begin duties on July 1, a North Shore School District 112 principal takes over in Highland Park; and Highland Park High School searches for a principal to replace outgoing Brad Swanson.
Swanson's replacement will have big shoes to fill in the eyes of many high school parents. An online petition titled "HPHS Needs Brad Swanson" had more than 500 signatures as of Tuesday morning. The night before, many parents delivered emotional pleas to the school board to try harder to keep him.
Deerfield Public Schools will have new principals, but not new faces in the district, as John Filippi takes the reins at Shepard Middle School and Anthony McConnell becomes principal at Kipling Elementary. Both have been principals in training as Filippi leaves the assistant principal job at Caruso and McConnell the same job at Walden Elementary.
McConnell said he's one "who listens and takes into consideration the opinions of others."
District 112, Highland Park and Highwood schools, appointed Sandra Arreguin as principal of Northwood Junior High School, effective July 1.
District 113 is seeking to replace Swanson who is leaving after six years for District 225, as assistant superintendent for human resources at Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South high schools.
A 2013-14 Principals' Salary Report provided by the Lake County Regional Office of Education lists four elementary school principals' salaries in District 109 range from $117,025 to $148,923; and that in District 112, nine principals' salaries range from $136,654 to $185,334, depending on years in the position.
The report shows that current junior high and middle school principals' salaries in District 109 are $126,656 at Caruso and $143,899 at Shepard.
Swanson's 2013-14 salary at HPHS was $220,000 and Deerfield High School's Audris Griffith was at $185,349.
Arreguin is moving from the world languages department at Highland Park High School to Northwood Junior High to replace Monica Schroeder, who will remain in the district as assistant superintendent of personnel services.
District 113 Assistant Superintendent Sue Hebson said the principal's job at Highland Park High School was posted immediately after Swanson gave notice in early April. Forty applications have been received so far and she expects more.
"We are now in the process of looking at resumes," Hebson said. "We're encouraging people inside and outside our system to apply. We have a strong network of people who know outstanding educators in our state and outside our state."
Once the number of candidates is whittled down, some will be asked in to interview with the search team of Hebson, Superintendent George Fornero and about 15 others, including department heads, teachers and support personnel, Hebson said.
"The timing and a timetable are not our top priorities. We are making sure we have a quality and qualified candidate," she said. "We're feeling really good about the process already. We have a quality high school, and we're getting a lot of inquiries."
Tribune reporter Gregory Trotter contributed.