Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members have appointed Paul Goldberg, current principal of the district's John Muir Literacy Academy in Hoffman Estates, to succeed the retiring Karen Hindman as assistant superintendent of district improvement.
Goldberg has been principal of Muir for three years and will move to his new position on July 1.
He said the areas of oversight of his new job include the ingrained improvement process for all the schools; the gifted, magnet and discovery programs; all student and staff assessments; and principal appraisals and mentoring.
"What the job is is very interesting to me," Goldberg said.
Though his current school has the unusual title of "literacy academy," Goldberg said the district's procedures and expectations are applied equally across all its schools and that the academics at Muir are not as different as its full name might imply.
One of the opportunities he's most looking forward to is the addition this summer of the district's 28th school -- the Early Childhood Center next to the administration building.
With the district's early childhood programs already performing superbly at several schools, they're expected to run even better in one consolidated building, Goldberg said.
His is one of two principal positions that will need to be refilled before the start of the next school year. Kara Prusko, current principal of Eisenhower Junior High in Hoffman Estates, will become assistant director of special education for Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 this summer.
Before his current position at Muir, Goldberg was principal at Frost Junior High in Schaumburg, assistant principal at Winston Campus Junior High in Palatine and a fourth-grade teacher in Niles.
Hindman, who's retiring in June, has been District 54's assistant superintendent for district improvement for six years. She joined the district two years before that as assistant superintendent of special services.
Hindman previously worked for Palatine Township Elementary District 15, where she held positions as an executive director, principal, assistant principal and teacher.