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updated: 6/24/2013 6:09 PM

U-46 promotes from within, fills administrative vacancies

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Vacant leadership positions in Elgin Area School District U-46 continue to be filled with internal talent.

Kevin Wiland will take over as districtwide coordinator of math, allowing Marc Hans to specialize in science. Hans formerly held the coordinator position for math, science and instructional technology.

"They used to have individual coordinators for these roles and during budget cuts they consolidated," district spokesman Patrick Mogge said. "Now they're breaking them apart again."

Wiland has served as the math division chair and dean of students at Larkin High School since 2009. He will coordinate the district's math curriculum from his new position. His salary was set at $109,000.

The district also announced interim principals for Bartlett High School and Liberty Elementary School to replace two people promoted to assistant superintendents.

Richard LeBron will lead Bartlett High School until the district makes a permanent hire. He served as associate principal and director of guidance last year, after he returned to the district from four years at DeKalb High School that were preceded by time at Larkin High School, Kimball Middle School and Larsen Middle School.

LeBron's salary was set at $105,000

Juanita Jimenez will move from assistant principal of Sunnydale Elementary School to principal at Liberty next year. She got her start in U-46 as an English Language Learners teacher.

Jimenez will make $82,000 as the interim principal.

District administrators plan to search for permanent principal replacements during the 2013-14 school year. But Superintendent José Torres highlighted the benefit of being able to promote from within the district in a prepared statement released last week.

"We have such a deep reservoir of talent in our U-46 family," Torres said, "which helps create a smooth transition for the teachers, students and families who will experience new leadership in their schools."

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