Friday, January 13, 2012
Fabby Williams plans to resign after completing his first year on the job.
After just more than six months on the job, Bolingbrook High School principal Fabby Williams has decided to resign, school officials said Friday. Williams will complete the remainder of the school year and vacate his position effective June 30. Valley View Superintendent James Mitchem received official word from Williams Friday and wished him the best. "Valley View School District has received a communication from Principal Fabby Williams indicating his intention to voluntarily resign his position as principal of Bolingbrook High School effective June 30, 2012," Mitchem said in a statement. "VVSD wishes Mr. Williams well in his future endeavors." Williams was hired in February 2011 and began work as BHS principal that July. Further …
Monday, August 15, 2011
Fabby Williams, BHS' new principal, will hold a meet and greet tonight at the high school's library. The event is open to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
There's plenty of new faces in the Valley View School District this year. But perhaps none are as vital to Superintendent Jim Mitchem's goal to make Valley View a thriving district as new Bolingbrook High School Fabby Williams. Williams is a result-oriented educator—very much in-line with what Mitchem has preached during his first few months as the head of Valley View schools. “Failing has never been an option for me," Williams said. "They’re all my kids as far as I’m concerned. And I want my kids to show growth.” Williams is holding a meet and greet tonight at the high school's library. The event is open to the public and will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Williams was hired amidst some controversial headlines that Mitchem says have …
Saturday, July 30, 2011
The new principal of Bolingbrook High School invites the community to attend an Aug. 15 ‘Meet & Greet’ at the high school's library.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Editor's Note: The following is a release from the Valley View School District. Fabby Williams has some big shoes to fill. After all, the new Bolingbrook High School principal is following in the footsteps of Jim Mitchem, who is now superintendent of the Valley View School District. “I think working with a large number of people in any situation can be challenging, but the fact that we all have a common goal which is doing what is in the best interest of all students and student achievement makes the difference,” Williams said. “Dr. Mitchem and I realize that while this school is a great place where teaching and learning is taking place, and wonderful things are being done to educate all of our students, there is always room for continual …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Soon-to-be Supt. Jim Mitchem says he'll hold himself 'accountable for all things Valley View.'
Jim Mitchem never expected smooth sailing. But the next superintendent of the Valley View School District may not have thought the water would grow so choppy as quickly as it has. Having yet to spend an official day as the head of the district, Mitchem and his decision-making has already come under fire in the form of his first official hire—his successor as Bolingbrook High Schoolprincipal, Fabby Williams. But Mitchem remains sold on the idea of self-accountability. “I’ve said that in three years, if this [district] isn’t a better place, I deserve to be scrutinized,” he said. “I believe we have the capacity to be a better place than we are now, and I believe that with every fiber of my being. But if I cannot convince this district of the …
Monday, May 30, 2011
We know you're busy, so here's a roundup of some of the recent stories featured right here on Bolingbrook Patch.
Too busy last week to stay up to date on all the news happening in and around Bolingbrook? Not to worry. Patch has your back. In case you missed them, here were some of the top headlines from the last few days:
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Incoming superintendent calls recent N.Y. Times article a distraction, but he retains belief in future BHS principal.
Jim Mitchem, principal of Bolingbrook High School and soon-to-be superintendent of the Valley View School District, said he’d be lying if he didn’t call the recent New York Times article criticizing his choice to succeed him at BHS a distraction. But to the point where Mitchem is reconsidering making Fabby Williams the high school’s next principal? Not at all, he says. “Of course it’s a distraction,” Mitchem said. “But to the extent that it has weakened my resolve in terms of my perception of the type of administrator Fabby Williams is? No.” Last week a New York Times article reported some teachers at Williams’ current school—Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago, where he is the interim principal—thought he was unresponsive to the …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Get involved with Bolingbrook Patch by answering our question of the day on our site and on our Facebook page.
At Bolingbrook Patch, we value our readers' opinions very much—sometimes even more than our own. To that extent, we will toss up a new Facebook Fan Poll every day here on the site, and on our Facebook page, which you can access by clicking HERE. We'll have options to vote for on the Facebook page, much like any reader poll you see with other news outlets. But on the site, you'll be able to expand on your answer—go a bit more in-depth by telling us why you answered the way you did. Regardless, this feature is designed to get you involved in as many different ways as we can. So if you have any suggestions on how we can improve this feature, let us know by dropping us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today's Facebook Fan Poll As a parent of a …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Valley View's next superintendent said unflattering N.Y. Times report doesn't paint a complete picture.
Soon-to-be Valley View Supt. Jim Mitchem said he remains steadfast that Fabby Williams is the right person to lead Bolingbrook High School despite a recently published article that painted Williams as an unresponsive leader in his current role. Last week, a New York Times article reported some teachers at Williams’ current school—Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago, where he is the interim principal—thought he was unresponsive to the interests of faculty and students. The report said Williams fired seven teachers, four of whom had positive teacher reviews. Valley View hired Williams in February in what was essentially Mitchem’s first administrative hire. Mitchem was hired by the board to become the district’s next superintendent …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Austin Polytechnical Academy teachers say Fabby Williams' administration has poor communication skills.
Upon being hired by the Valley View School Board in February, soon-to-be Bolingbrook High School Principal Fabby Williams said he would make it a priority to make sure every classroom had a “good, effective teacher who cares about children.” But according to a New York Times article, Williams’ track record says otherwise. The article, published Thursday, says Williams, currently the interim principal at Austin Polytechnical Academy in Chicago, fired some academy teachers that had received excellent ratings the year before. In May, Williams fired seven teachers and gave five of them “do not hire” designation, which bans them from future employment from any school in the Chicago Public Schools system, the report said. That despite the fact …