WESTVILLE — Westville School District 2 is losing two longtime principals at the end of this school year.
Melinda Pollock-Tucker, the administrator of Judith Giacoma Elementary School, is retiring after 17 years in Westville, and 34 years as an educator.
Greg Lewis, administrator of Westville Junior High School, is retiring after nine years at Westville; first as a vice principal at Judith Giacoma, and then the principal of Westville Junior High School. He also has been an educator 34 years.
Larry Easton, an administrator in Knoxville, will take over as principal at Judith Giacoma. Jared Ellison, vice principal of Judith Giacoma, will take the principal position at Westville Junior High School. His spot will be taken by Pam Dalenburg, a social worker at the school.
In Pollock-Tucker’s 34 years, she has worked at three different schools in the central Illinois area. She was a special education teacher at Bismarck and Rossville. She was also an administrator at Rossville for four years before coming to Judith Giacoma.
“Westville is a much larger school,” Pollock-Tucker said. “We have approximately 700 children, as opposed to the 350 children I oversaw in Rossville. I think I was a good fit for this district, though.”
Lewis worked in the Bismarck school district for 25 years. He started out as a teacher and coach, and was eventually promoted to principal. He became friends with Pollock-Tucker when she worked at Bismarck, and he found the open position for a vice principal at Judith Giacoma through her.
“Kids are kids wherever you go,” Lewis said. “I thought this job would be a great opportunity to challenge myself.”
One of Pollock-Tucker’s biggest achievements during her 17 years was overseeing the construction of the new addition of Judith Giacoma in 2002. She helped write the grant, pass the referendum, and oversee the construction. This made the school much larger than before, and the school is now pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. This isn’t the only thing she has to be proud of, though.