When the 2019-2020 school year begins at Lincolnwood High School on Aug. 19, there will be a new face in the principal's office in Raymond.
Following a one hour and 29 minute closed session on Monday, May 20, the members of the Panhandle Board of Education approved eight personnel moves, including accepting the resignation of Lincolnwood High School and Junior High Principal Kendal Elvidge.
"My five years at Lincolnwood have provided a tremendous opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I couldn't have imagined myself anywhere else, especially during all the difficult times we endured as a school," Elvidge told The Journal-News. "I owe who I am to Lincolnwood and the Panhandle district and I hope I made a positive impact on the students I have worked with."
Elvidge, a 2000 grad of Lincolnwood, has been principal at his alma mater since 2014, a tumultuous five-year span that has seen five students pass away in car accidents, in addition to the death of Elvidge's predecessor, Principal Chad Langheim, in May of 2014.
While he will be leaving the Panhandle School District, Elvidge will still be serving some of the ones who need it most. The University of Illinois grad will become the new principal of the Regional Office of Education #3 alternative junior high and high school, which will be housed in the former Raymond Grade School building just steps from Lincolnwood High School.
"In life you never know what opportunities will come your way. One of my biggest fears is staying still and not taking chances. I could have chosen to stay where I feel comfortable but instead I chose to branch in a different direction," Elvidge said. "Working as a teacher and principal at the new ROE #3 alternative school gives me a chance to teach again and make a difference in the lives of kids that need help the most. I'm very eager to embrace this next chapter."
Superintendent Aaron Hopper told The Journal-News that the district hopes to have Elvidge's replacement in place by July 1.
In other personnel matters, the board approved the resignation of Christine Micancin as Lincolnwood Spanish teacher, Marlene Marten as cafeteria clerk and Brittany Millburg as first grade teacher effective at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The board also approved the employment of two part-time student workers and the hiring of Elisabeth Unser as junior high girls basketball assistant coach, Bill Krager as high school boys basketball assistant coach and Kevin Young as a volunteer soccer assistant for the 2019-2020 school year. All personnel motions passed 6-0, with board member Dana Pitchford absent.
Prior to the closed session, the board discussed a number of items pertaining to the end of the current school year and the preparations for next year.
After approving the consent agenda, the board approved two summer maintenance update proposals and heard from Hopper about several other projects planned for the summer.
The proposals were for the installation of foam insulation for one area at the Raymond campus and for adding voltage monitors to the cafeteria freezer and roof HVAC units, which Tim Lebeck said would help ensure fewer problems if there was a power outage and the items needed to be restarted.
Hopper said that the building the ROE will use for the new alternative school is being cleaned and prepared for the transfer to the new school, with the fitness equipment that was in the building moved to the former Raymond Grade School multi-purpose building.
He also noted that Top Quality Roofing will be at the school on May 21 to take panels down off an area of the roof in preparation for the roofing replacement project this summer.