A former administrator at Lake Zurich High School will return for the 2013-14 school year as principal.
Kent Nightlinger was approved Thursday by the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board as the new principal to succeed Kim Kolze, who is retiring at the end of the school year. He was chosen from among about 40 candidates, officials said.
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Nightlinger has worked at Rolling Meadows High School since 2004, where he is an associate principal. He has a one-year contract with District 95 beginning July 1 with a starting salary of $140,000.
Nightlinger worked in District 95 from 2001 to 2004 and last served as assistant principal for student services. He has a bachelor of arts degree in music education from Eastern Illinois University and a master of science degree in educational administration from Northern Illinois University.
"Kent Nightlinger has 20 years of administrative experience at the high school level and knows what it takes to lead a comprehensive suburban high school that meets the academic, social/emotional, and extracurricular needs of all of our Lake Zurich High School students," Superintendent Mike Egan said in a statement.
Kolze began her career at District 95 in August 2002 as assistant principal of student activities and facilities. She became Lake Zurich High's principal in July 2008.