Taking note of its strong parental involvement and history of academic success, Janice DiVincenzo said last week that she was excited to become the new principal of River Forest's Willard School. The District 90 board approved her hiring at a special meeting last Wednesday, June 1.
The opening at Willard, 1250 Ashland Ave., came after the resignation of John Swanson who left the district to work closer to his home.
"We are very pleased to welcome Janice DiVincenzo to the community," said Superintendent Marlene Kamm. "She has an extremely diverse experience in education," said Kamm. "She will no doubt prove to be a great addition to our community."
DiVincenzo is currently principal at Arnett C. Lines Elementary School in Barrington Community School District 220.
"I was invited to an interview," DiVincenzo said. "And I liked what I saw?#34;an award-winning community with a lot of parental involvement and high-performing schools."
DiVincenzo has worked in the Barrington schools for six years both as a principal and as K-12 language arts and mathematics coordinator.
Prior to her years in Barrington, DiVincenzo served as director of curriculum in Gurnee and as a principal in LaGrange Park. In addition to her administrative experience, DiVincenzo has also been a special education teacher and reading specialist.
In total, DiVincenzo has 27 years of experience in education.
DiVincenzo said her personal goals as Willard's principal are to "maintain the excellence of the school and form a strong relationships with teachers, parents and the administrative staff." DiVincenzo will officially begin her position on July 1st.
"I am very excited about the move," she said. "I already met some parents and teachers?#34;they are very friendly and welcoming."
School fees debated
At the same meeting, the school board discussed, at length, school fees for the 2006 school year:
? Textbook rental fee for EC and Kindergarten proposed to increase to a maximum of $25, from the current fee of $20.
? Textbook rental fee for grades 1 to 4 proposed to increase to a maximum amount of $60, from the current fee of $40.
? Textbook rental fee for grades 5 to 8 proposed to increase to a maximum amount of $65, from the current fee of $45.
? Activity fee for Kindergarten to 4th grade proposed to increase to a maximum amount of $5, from the current fee of $3.
? Activity fee for grades 5 to 8 proposed to increase to a maximum amount of $10, from the current amount of $5.
? Lunch and Supervision fee (optional) for Lincoln, Willard and Roosevelt schools are proposed to increase.