Wood View Elementary School Principal to Leave Valley View for Downers Grove
Mark Stange will take over at Downers Grove Grade School 58's Kingsley School this summer after serving 10 years as a principal in Valley View School District 365U.
Wood View Elementary School Principal Mark Stange will be leaving Valley View School District 365U this summer.
The Downers Grove Grade School 58 board voted unanimously Monday to hire Stange. He will begin in District 58 on July 1 at an annual salary of $96,000, according to district documents.
Stange earned a base salary of $93,381 as principal of Wood View, according to the 2012-2013 Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits Report.
Stange is in his 10th year at Wood View, having served as assistant principal for four years prior to that. He said that what he enjoys most about education is seeing the "a-ha moment" on children’s faces—and, as a principal, seeing those same looks on the faces of teachers and staff.
“We all learn something every day, and it’s that excitement and joy of learning that keeps me moving ahead, too,” Stange said, adding that he is looking forward to joining the District 58 team.
“I’ve been so impressed with everyone I’ve met throughout my recent experiences, and I’m already very anxious to begin meeting and working with my new team," he said. I can feel the positive energy and collaborative spirit wherever I have gone in District 58, and my philosophy of ‘children first’ fits that of District 58."
Superintendent Kari Cremascoli said the interview team is confident that Stange will be a wonderful addition to District 58.
“We were extremely impressed with Stange’s collaborative and child-focused leadership style, his skills as an instructional leader, his knowledge of data-informed decision-making and instructional technology, his tremendous prior success as a principal, his ability to nurture and support shared decision-making and a strong school community, and his clear commitment to keeping kids first,” she said in a statement.
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