Salt Creek Elementary District 48 Board approved the appointment of Erin Adriance as assistant principal in the district. Adriance will provide support for in Elmhurst and Swartz School in Oakbrook Terrace, and will also provide Albright Middle School in Villa Park with more leadership assistance for specialized programs and student activities.
The appointment is not an increase in the numbers of administrators, but a restructuring of leadership that will be implemented beginning with the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release from the district. The restructuring is expected to save the district $70,000.
Adriance has served as an assistant principal in University Academy Charter School in Kansas City, Mo., and since Sept. 2011 has served as a fourth grade teacher at Swartz School.
“Sometimes you find someone in your own back yard who has the knowledge and experience you are seeking,” District 48 Superintendent John Correll said.
“District 48 is a wonderful place to be and I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students, parents and staff members at all three schools next year,” she said. “I look forward to building relationships with the district community and supporting students and teachers in the classroom.”
The administrative changes are related to the retirements of two long-time administrators, Salt Creek Primary School Principal Nancy Fryzlewicz and Director of Student Services, Assessment and Human Resources Sharon Bobrowski. They will both retire in June.
The announcement of retirements allowed the district to initiate a study this winter into administrative roles and structures and how they could best serve students in the district. Other changes include:
- Swartz Intermediate School Principal Angie Ross will serve as principal of Swartz and Salt Creek Primary schools beginning in August 2012.
- Fryzlewicz will return and serve part-time as director of student services and human resources. She will serve under the state provision that allows retiring educators to work 100 days a year in a school district. The duties of assessment, originally under Bobrowski’s role, will be assumed by the superintendent’s office.
“We felt this administrative model will benefit our students by strengthening our team approach and provide more cohesive leadership across all grade levels,” said Correll. It will also enable the transition of students from one grade level to the other and one school to the other, he said.
Correll also praised the work of Bobrowski and Fryzlewicz.
“Both are highly regarded administrators,” he said. “We are pleased to be able to transition Ms. Fryzlewicz to her new role and be able to use her talents and expertise in student services and human resources.”
The district received 170 applications for the assistant principal position and paper screened all of those. Eleven were interviewed, and of those, five were chosen for second interviews. As with all new administrative hires, the district involved parents, staff and community members in the interview process.