District 171 introduces new superintendent, 2 new Board members

2013-05-06T23:00:00Z 2013-05-07T00:27:08Z District 171 introduces new superintendent, 2 new Board membersJoan Carreon Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 06, 2013 11:00 pm  • 

LANSING | A new superintendent and two new School Board members are joining Sunnybrook Elementary District 171.

During a reception Monday evening, the district welcomed Hughes George as its new chief administrator and Jada Curry and Cozette Pettigrew as its newest board members.

The board also approved a three-year contract with George, who will begin his new position as District 171 superintendent on July 1. His salary is still being negotiated, according to board member David Lopez.

George comes to the Lansing-Lynwood school district from Mequon-Thiensville School District in Wisconsin, which serves students in kindergarten through high school. He is completing his fifth year as director of pupil services in Mequon-Thiensville and has 20 years of experience working in education.

During the current school year, retired Homewood Elementary District 153 Superintendent Barbara West has served as District 171's interim superintendent. Her last day will be on June 7, the final day of the school year.

Board members David Lilly and David Lopez spoke highly of George and said he is well regarded by parents, staff, and the community in the Wisconsin school district.

“We’re blown away that we were able to get him,” Lopez said.

George has a bachelor’s degree in the history of philosophy from Marquette University, a master’s degree in education psychology-school counseling, and a doctoral degree in urban education, specializing in administrative leadership. Both advanced degrees are from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He and his wife, April, have two children ages 19 and 16.

The board also bid farewell to long-time board members Dirk Faber and Kenneth Lynch who opted not to run for re-election in April.

In addition, the board accepted the resignation of business manager Mark Crotty, who is stepping down after three years in District 171 to become business manager at Lansing Elementary District 158.

Curry and Pettigrew, both District 171 parents, were chosen to fill two vacancies left by the departures of Faber and Lynch.

Curry and Pettigrew were two of five applicants who expressed interest in being appointed to the board. The vacancies resulted from a shortage of candidates in the April 9 election.

The appointed board members were sworn in to their two-year seats Monday. Also sworn in were returning board members Lopez and Solomon Davis who were elected to new, four-year terms in April.

The board also elected Dennis Altgilbers as Board president, Davis as board vice president, and Lilly as board secretary.

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