Barrington High administrator to be named new Hersey HS principal Wednesday

Heath McFaul, associate principal at Barrington High School, is expected to be named the new principal at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Wednesday.

An employment agreement with McFaul will be considered by the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 board at a 6 p.m. special meeting.

McFaul's first day on the job is scheduled to be Aug. 7 - nine days before the classes begin.

District officials put out a job posting less than a month ago after the board approved a retirement agreement with former Principal Keir Rogers. Under the agreement, Rogers will be paid his full $178,510 compensation and benefits during a yearlong medical leave, then will retire from the district.

McFaul's pending administrator contract will see him receive an annual salary of $180,000, and the school board will pick up his contributions to the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.

McFaul has been associate principal at Barrington High School since 2015. He held various roles at Palatine High School from 2003 to 2015, including assistant principal, dean of students, business education teacher and lacrosse coach. He started his career in education as a fifth-grade teacher in Palatine Township Elementary District 15 in 2000, according to his resume.

McFaul has a doctorate of education from Illinois State University, master's degrees from the University of Illinois and St. Mary's University of Minnesota, and a bachelor's degree from Viterbo University.

The agreement contains performance goals aimed at enhancing student performance and academic improvement. That includes positive measures of the district's college and career readiness indicators, as well as signs of student growth on standardized tests.

McFaul is also to meet monthly with new Superintendent Scott Rowe's leadership team to share best practices across buildings, coordinate districtwide initiatives, and support innovation aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and student success, according to the agreement.

His initial contract will run through June 30, 2024.

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