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updated: 6/18/2014 5:13 PM

Superintendent Jody Ware preparing to leave Mundelein High

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Outgoing Mundelein High School Superintendent Jody Ware is set to retire Friday after six years at the Hawley Street campus, but she will stick around for a little longer to assist her replacement.

The school board on Tuesday agreed to hire Ware as a consultant for five days next week.

Additionally, she could be brought back as a consultant for up to 10 days during the next school year, which begins in August.

Under the deal, Ware will be paid about $760 for a full day's work or about $380 for a half day.

Ware's replacement, Kevin Myers, came aboard May 30. It'll be up to Myers to decide if he needs any assistance from Ware after Aug. 1, officials said.

"Dr. Myers may not need any of the 10 days or he may need all (of them)," Ware told the Daily Herald in an email Wednesday. "The work by me will be spontaneous and as needed."

In a separate email, Myers said he's ready to take over but is glad Ware will be available "if I need any additional information or advice."

Ware has led Mundelein High School District 120 since 2008. She announced plans to retire in 2013.

Ware intends to move to northwestern Illinois. Professionally, she's taken an administrative position in Wisconsin and will consult schools on educational reform, legislation and related issues.

Ware spoke highly of her time at Mundelein High. She oversaw a period of financial stability, improved student scores, technological advancements and other accomplishments.

"I am looking forward to driving out of the parking lot, looking in the rearview mirror (and) feeling very proud of the accomplishments over the last six years," she said.

Myers came to Mundelein after serving as the superintendent in Streator Township High School District 40, a downstate district.

He previously served as director of secondary schools at Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora.

"I am looking forward to learning more about the students, staff and community and advancing the rich tradition of Mundelein High School," Myers said. "Mundelein High School is a great school with a proud community."

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