District 200 names Mike Moan superintendent

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 10:07 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2014 9:10 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – About 23 years since Mike Moan completed his District 200 education, he'll return as its top administrator.

The school board Tuesday announced Moan – a 1991 graduate of Woodstock High School – will become District 200's next superintendent. Moan is the current chief academic officer in Huntley District 158.

"I'm a product of this community and of School District 200, so to be able to come back and be part of that again and give back, it really is a dream come true," he said after the meeting.

Moan will replace Ellyn Wrzeski as superintendent starting July 1, the board has said. He will make $180,000 a year during his initial three-year contract.

Board President Paul Meyer called Moan energetic, personable and a collaborative leader at Tuesday's meeting. He also emphasized the advantage of a leader who has incoming knowledge of the district.

"[District 158 Superintendent] John Burkey is a friend of mine and he speaks very highly of Mike," Wrzeski said. "I know it's going to be a very smooth transition."

District 200's search firm officially started searching for candidates in September, screening more than 60 people before the school board interviewed six candidates. Three finalists were introduced to the public in January – a process both Meyer and Moan voiced appreciation for on Tuesday.

Moan, 41, started as a social studies teacher and coach in District 158 17 years ago. He's served as a dean and principal within the district during his progression toward district administration.

Moan and his wife, Paula, and two kids, Zach, 17, and Maddie, 10, live in DeKalb.

The District 200 job appealed to him not only because of his personal tie but because of the district's history.

"As an educational professional, I think you're dealing with a board that's very structured and supportive," Moan said. "You're dealing with a financially solvent district, which is very important to me."

He added that the dual-language program and how administrators have handled special education shows the district's willingness to innovate.

"I'm just really excited to be back home and be part of this school system in a community that I truly love," he said.

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