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District 300 names next Algonquin Lakes principal

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 3:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 11:35 p.m. CDT

ALGONQUIN – An associate high school principal who has worked at District 300 for the past 11 years will become the new leader of Algonquin Lakes Elementary.

Chris Columbaro will leave his associate principal position at Dundee-Crown High School in July to take over as Algonquin Lakes principal. He replaces retiring Principal RuthAnn Ryan, who has held the position since Algonquin Lakes opened in 2002.

Columbaro, a Crystal Lake resident, first started working at Carpentersville-based District 300 in 2003, when he was hired as a music teacher at Liberty Elementary. In 2009, he became the head of the fine arts division at Dundee-Crown before moving to associate principal in 2011.

District board members congratulated Columbaro on the new position during their meeting Monday.

The rigorous search that landed Columbaro began in November and included input from Algonquin Lakes staff, teachers and students, said Kristin Corriveau, assistant superintendent of elementary teaching and learning.

“I had the pleasure of working with Chris (at Liberty) for six years where he was every principal’s dream,” she said. “He did anything anyone could ever ask ... I could not be more proud today to snatch him back as my own to become the next principal at Algonquin Lakes.”

Before starting a career at the district, Columbaro graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and later graduated with a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Illinois.

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