KHS principal resigns

By on June 19, 2009

Valente said he will remain active in the district
by Susan O’Neill
KANELAND—Kaneland High School principal Tony Valente’s departure this week leaves the district short on time to find an appropriate replacement for the coming school year, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Jeff Schuler said Monday.

Valente accepted a position as principal of Hall High School in Spring Valley, Ill., last week after the Hall High School Board approved his hiring in a special meeting June 10. Valente said he will sign the contract, which begins July 1, with the Hall Board of Education this week.

Valente was Kaneland’s high school principal for the past two years. He was hired into the Kaneland School District as the assistant principal three years ago. Prior to coming to Kaneland, he was the assistant principal and dean of students in the West Aurora School District for five years and a history teacher at Proviso East High School for six years.

Valente said he had been looking for other opportunities for awhile before he received the offer from Hall High School in Spring Valley. He said that prior to the Hall High School offer, he had been a finalist in a search with another school.

“I was looking for the right fit,” he said.

He said Hall is a smaller school, with 430 students as compared to Kaneland’s 1,100. He said the size of the school will give him the opportunity to wear more hats and have more control over curriculum and personnel decisions.

A resident of Sugar Grove with three children in district schools, Valente said he has a vested interest in the community and expects to remain active in the district. He is currently a member of the Facilities Planning Committee and plans to continue serving in that capacity.

Schuler said he and other district administrators would take a few days this week to evaluate the options for replacing Valente. He said the district could either post the position and conduct a search for a permanent replacement or it could hire an interim candidate for a year, allowing for more time to perform the search in a typical timeframe.

“If you’re doing it (a search for a principal) right, it’s at least a month-long process,” he said.

“Most administrators’ yearly contracts begin July 1 and run through June 30,” Schuler said. “Anytime you get a resignation in June, it’s late in the game.”

In addition, with most people on a year-long contract beginning on July 1, it limits the number of people available.

Schuler said the administration will determine its hiring strategy sometime later this week.

District Superintendent Charlie McCormick was out of the office and unavailable for comment at press time.