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May 22, 2013

D118 board names principals

Approves state’s Rising Star program

DANVILLE — Danville District 118 school board members Wednesday announced four administrative appointments for the 2013-2014 school year.

Sharon Phillips, assistant principal of Danville High School’s Freshman House, will become the new principal of South View Middle School, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $84,000 plus benefits.

Phillips will replace Brenda Yoho, who will become director of educational support when Diane Hampel retires.

Phillips thanked retiring DHS principal Mark Neal for his wisdom and for mentoring her during her time at the high school.

Jessica Bradford, assistant principal of East Park Elementary School, will become assistant principal of South View Middle School, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $66,000 plus benefits.

Bradford is switching places with Robin Fluno, current South View assistant principal, who will become assistant principal of East Park, effective July 1, at an annual salary of $74,243 plus benefits.

DeMarko Wright, principal of Garfield Elementary School, will become the new assistant principal of DHS’ Freshman House, effective July 1, and replacing Phillips, at an annual salary of $76,761 plus benefits.

Wright joked, “I’m delighted about going back to the high school … it’s been a few years since I graduated.”

Also on Wednesday, the school board:

  • Approved improvement plans for Danville High School, North Ridge Middle School and East Park and Edison elementary schools through the Illinois State Board of Education’s Rising Star program. The program will aid the district during a two-and-a-half year period to self-access and prioritize actions based on 104 success indicators.

The Rising Star program has been implemented already at four schools in the district, including Meade Park Elementary School.

Some of the goals of the program is establishing Professional Learning Communities in which teachers meet, collaborate and share data on students; communicating to stakeholders; and implementing Common Core Standards.

  • Heard a presentation from East Park kindergarten teachers about an online assessment tool they’ve been using.
  • Reviewed a first reading of mastery criteria for kindergarten through second grade that will be piloted in the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the district’s strategic plan.

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