Jody Ware, the superintendent of Mundelein High School District 120 for the past six years, was honored at a June 13 dinner and reception, as she prepared to retire from the district this summer.
The event, at a Mundelein restaurant, was attended by more than 65 people. Several guests made formal speeches and presentations during the evening program.
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The bash was hosted by Mundelein High School Principal Anthony Kroll and District 120 Communications Director Ron Girard.
Ware shared some words with the crowd, too.
"This was a wonderful evening of memories and good feelings about my six years as the leader of District 120," she explained. "I had my final interview with the board of education right here at this restaurant before I was hired, and it's only fitting that I am closing out my career at this very same place."
During her tenure at Mundelein High School, Ware set in motion many of the improvements to educational programs and facilities.
The district will implement her plan for a 1:1 computer initiative in the fall, and technology availability has reached an all-time high under her leadership.
The facilities were greatly improved during her six years, especially after the passage of a $10 million referendum in 2011 that provided the funds for ongoing projects.
The district will also break ground on a three-story addition for math and science facilities.
"I'm looking forward to new opportunities in education as I look to the future," Ware said. "Six years ago, I didn't know any of the people in this room. Tonight, I consider you all to be my friends and trusted colleagues. We had the right people on the bus to make all of this happen. I couldn't be happier to spend this time with you and close out my MHS career with all of you tonight."
The board has hired Kevin Myers to replace Ware as superintendent.