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Bolingbrook Principal Says Decision to Resign Did Not Come Easy

Michael White said he couldn't have asked for a better group of educators to work with than what is at Bolingbrook High School.

Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White announced on Friday his decision to retire at the end of the school year. Credit: Larry Randa/Valley View School District
Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White announced on Friday his decision to retire at the end of the school year. Credit: Larry Randa/Valley View School District
Submitted by Valley View School District 365U:

Valley View School District 365U officials are singing the praises of Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White who this week submitted his resignation effective the end of the current school year to pursue other opportunities.

“Valley View is extremely sorry to see Mr. White leave the district. While we would prefer to have him remain at the high school, we respect his decision to move on to other opportunities,” said VVSD Board of Education President Steve Quigley. “For me personally, I wish Mike and his family the absolute best. Mike and I have had many great discussions on education, family and community. I plan to have many more before he leaves. I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has done in his tenure at BHS and I assure staff, students and parents we will continue his efforts going forward.”

“Mr. White has admirably served the students and families of Bolingbrook High School for the past one and a half years,” added VVSD Superintendent Dr. James Mitchem. “We look forward to continuing this positive experience for the remainder of the school year and wish him nothing but the best when he leaves.”

In a statement issued Friday, White said:  “The decision to resign did not come easy and has been made with much thought and discussion with people who I believe are honest, and hold credibility and integrity in this district.  It does not come easy because the staff and students at Bolingbrook High School are second to none.  They should be commended for what they do each day.

“The faculty members at Bolingbrook High school are excellent professionals that care immensely about our students.  A great number of teachers come to school early and leave late just to support student learning.  A principal can’t ask for a better group of educators to work with than what is at Bolingbrook High. They made my job easy because of their continuous professional efforts.

“As for the student body, high expectations both behaviorally and academically were a norm and our students rose to meet them at every educational level over the past two years.

“That said, I feel I have reached the limits to what I can do to support Bolingbrook High School.  Therefore, it is time for me to move on.  I look forward to pursuing positions in curriculum and instruction at a district level or potentially in human resources.

“I wish the very best for the Valley View School District and the hard working people in it.”

White, who retired from an illustrious career as Principal at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan following the 2011-12 school year, came to Bolingbrook High School in July 2012 following a nationwide search. Prior to serving as Pioneer Principal, he was a middle school principal for five years, an assistant principal for seven years and a teacher for 13 years.

“We asked Mr. White to join our administrative team because he has always been successful both as a teacher and an administrator,” Dr. Mitchem said.  “From the first day he started his duties at Bolingbrook High School, he has proven time and again that his work ethic and desire to succeed are second to none.”
tom February 02, 2014 at 01:46 PM
A lot of people have addressed the issue of salary on a few different news stories here on the Patch. As I said in a few other posts, I contacted all of the school board members last week. The response from Falese was " I can also say that he did not receive $66,000, it was far less than that." I asked him how much it was and he has not replied. The reply from Vengas about the increase in Mitchem's salary was "I don't believe this information is accurate. I will look into this and send you a respond." but I have not received a response yet. At first Gougis said that the 199K was when Mitchem was principal but when it was pointed out that Fabby was on the report, he requested more info. from Grizaffi. The reply from Grizaffi was that it was for Mitchem's salary as super, not principal as Gougis had thought. He said that in error that report started 7/2/11 instead of 7/1/11 so one pay period was missing. He said Base $199,000, TRS $20,646, Vacation pay $4,816, TOTAL $224,462 for 2011. I sent another email to Gougis because there is still approx $98.000 increase between 2011 and 2012. The second report shows his base salary of $294,513.80 + $17,683.50(the benefits on the far right side) =$312,197.30 I asked him how much, if any, of the $98,000 difference is for the tuition and what the remaining amount is for. On Jan 29th, he said that he would find out and get back to me. I have not received a reply yet. Mr Gougis did say that he was not playing on his phone during the meeting. He said that some members use a laptop but that he uses his personal iPad to read notes and follow along with the meeting. Mr Quigley, Ms Campbell and Ms Hansen never took the time to respond to the questions that I emailed them. To me, that says a lot!
Pete Pellet February 05, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Being from Ann Arbor, I'd like to comment that his career was not that illustrious. Very poor people person, and more interested in being able to discipline students than resolve issues and fix problems.
Pete Simon February 05, 2014 at 02:40 PM
Pete, all I can say is that he did a Hell of a job here. He did concentrate on discipline, that is for sure, but then the teachers could concentrate on teaching again. School was getting out of control, kids just hanging around the halls and stairways and not getting to class. He changed that within the first semester.
Melanie Shag February 05, 2014 at 11:44 PM
Agree with Pete. He threw out all the dam thugs...."The homework sweeps" he initiated worked!! Do the work or get the hell out!!! Good Job Mr. White!!!
Dan February 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM
michael is off to find another state pension to steal from the tax payers.

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