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Harrison District 36 gets new superintendent

WONDER LAKE – Harrison District 36 hopes to have a long-term superintendent in the candidate hired Tuesday evening.

And after the school board unanimously approved her appointment, Susan Wings told the group of staff and parents assembled that she hopes to spend the rest of her career at District 36.

Wings, who starts July 1, replaces Superintendent Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, who has been with the district three years.

“[We were looking for] somebody to carry the momentum of where we are curriculum-wise, technology and kind of our vision for the future,” board President Linda Amettis said. Wings has been the principal of Park View School, the building that makes up Morton Grove School District 70, for 12 years.

Before becoming an administrator, Wings was an English teacher at Grant Community High School in Fox Lake and an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Fremont Middle School in Mundelein.

Wings, a Lake Villa resident, was drawn to Harrison because, like Park View, it combines elementary and middle school.

“You start with the kids when they’re four years old and watch them grow over the next 10-11 years,” she said. “It’s great because you get more of a hand in shaping them not just as students but also as people.”

Wings sees her next step as getting to know the school, learning about the initiatives it currently has in place and leading the school through the implementation of Common Core standards.

One change Wings made at Park View was gradually shifting the grading system away from a letter-grade system to one that assesses students based on the various standards within each subject and emphasizes students being proactive in their learning.

The board also approved a starting salary of $105,000. Her predecessor is to earn $110,000 this school year.

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