Retired Barrington principal "Dr. K" earns country's top honor
Cindy Kalogeropoulos, the retired principal of Grove Avenue Elementary School in Barrington, has won the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership, school officials announced this week.
The award, given by the U.S. Department of Education, is the country's highest honor for a principal.
Kalogeropoulos, known affectionately as Dr. K, retired at the end of the 2015-2016 school year after 31 years as principal.
District spokeswoman Morgan Delack said when Department of Education representatives said Kalogeropoulos had won they noted that she was the only principal in the country who helped earned three National Blue Ribbon awards -- in 1992, 2007 and 2016 -- at the same school.
The award is named after former Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell, who founded the blue ribbon program.
Delack said submitting Kalogeropoulos' name for consideration for the award is just one of the ways the district community has honored her. Earlier this year one of the streets outside Grove Elementary was renamed "Dr. K Way" and the playground that was completed over the summer is dedicated to her as well.