Community leaders get to be U-46 principals for day

  • South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher talks with first-grader Jordan Davis-Rhodes on Friday while playing the part of principal for the day at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. More than 50 area leaders visited U-46 schools for the 11th annual event.

      South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher talks with first-grader Jordan Davis-Rhodes on Friday while playing the part of principal for the day at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. More than 50 area leaders visited U-46 schools for the 11th annual event. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher helps out in a computer lab at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. He was among more than 50 area leaders who visited U-46 schools Friday for the 11th annual "Principal for a Day" event.

      South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher helps out in a computer lab at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. He was among more than 50 area leaders who visited U-46 schools Friday for the 11th annual "Principal for a Day" event. Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher waves to kids Friday while performing the duties of principal for the day at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. Wascher's children are former Clinton students.

      South Elgin Fire Chief Steve Wascher waves to kids Friday while performing the duties of principal for the day at Clinton Elementary in South Elgin. Wascher's children are former Clinton students. Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 12/7/2018 4:10 PM

More than 50 local leaders experienced what it's like to be the head of a school during Elgin Area School District U-46's 11th annual "Principal for a Day" event Friday.

Guest principals included police officers, firefighters, community leaders in the areas of medicine, finance, business and education, and more than a dozen elected officials.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

They got a behind-the-scenes look at the responsibilities of a school leader in a diverse district of nearly 39,000 students across 11 communities. Twenty-two of the 57 guest principals were first-timers.

Participants are encouraged to develop long-term partnerships with the schools they visit by committing to activities, such as mentoring and tutoring, hosting field trips, sponsoring a school activity, or being a guest for career day, officials said.

The event concluded with a luncheon sponsored by Marco, a technology services provider, at Villa Olivia in Bartlett.

Guest speaker State Sen. Andy Manar, the chief advocate of evidence-based school funding reform in Illinois, addressed statewide education initiatives. The evidence-based funding law led to additional revenues for U-46 -- $24 million in the 2017-18 school year and $18 million this school year.

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