Edward Condon, a junior high school principal in Oak Brook, was announced Monday as the new school superintendent for River Forest’s District 90.
He will replace Thomas Hagerman on July 1.
The school board made the announcement on Monday. Condon was scheduled to appear at the school board meeting Tuesday evening and Juli Geldner, the board president, said, “I can’t wait for everyone to meet him.”
Condon was selected from a candidate pool of more than 50 applicants and came highly recommended, with more than 20 years of experience in education, 15 of those at the administrative level. Condon signed a three-year contract with the district, and his base salary will be $175,000.
“There was no doubt in all of our minds that he was the perfect fit for River Forest,” said Geldner, noting that Condon’s extensive experience, intention to work with River Forest for the long term, and his educational accomplishments translated to an easy decision for the Dist. 90 board.
Condon worked as a high school social studies teacher and middle school principal in Virginia before returning to his hometown of Hinsdale to take his current position as principal of Oak Brook’s Butler Junior High School.
Reached Monday afternoon at Butler, Condon said he’s delighted to join the River Forest community, which he described as “extraordinary.” “It’s a community that’s highly supportive of the school system,” Condon said. “It’s a very student-centered community. There’s a strong sense of tradition within River Forest and very high expectations for student performance.”
Asked what it means to educate the “whole child,” Condon said, “The reality is that obviously academic performance is very, very important, and it’s essential that we provide a very rigorous curriculum for students. By the same token, it’s critical that we also address students’ social and emotional needs, and provide for an education for a well-rounded child. Really, that’s what attempting to educate the whole child is attempting to address…The importance for us meeting the needs of children both in and out of the classroom.”
The board of education narrowed the superintendent search down to three candidates in mid-March, and each spent a day touring the village and schools, and interviewing with parent and staff committees and the board. Condon stood out as the clear favorite, and closely matched the characteristics outlined for the superintendent search. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we have met all the criteria,” Geldner said.
Condon was to appear at the board of education meeting on April 5 in the Roosevelt School Library Learning Center.