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Oswego East principal to leave June 30
Lee accepts assistant superintendent's job in the Indian Prairie School District

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Dr. Louis Lee, principal of Oswego East High School for the past year, is leaving his job to accept a position as assistant superintendent for secondary teaching and learning for the Indian Prairie School District in Aurora and Naperville.

The Indian Prairie School District Board approved Lee's appointment to the new position Monday night.

Lee will continue to serve as Oswego East principal until June 30. He will begin his new job in the Indian Prairie School District July 1.

In his new role, Lee will oversee Indian Prairie's three high schools: Waubonsie Valley and Metea Valley in Aurora and Neuqua Valley in Naperville.

Lee joined the Oswego School District on July 1 of last year when he replaced Dr. Jeff Craig whose contract was not renewed by the administration. Craig had been Oswego East principal since 2008.

In a statement released by the Oswego School District Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt said he understood Lee's difficult decision to leave after having done an excellent job at OEHS, but he also noted the move is a promotion for him.

"Dr. Lee has served OEHS and (Oswego) School District 308 extremely well. Although I'm disappointed in his decision to leave at this time, I understand the attraction of the district administrative position offered to him," said Wendt, adding, "He and I discussed this difficult decision, but the promotion to a district-level leadership role aligns with his long-term professional goals. He worked in Indian Prairie School District as an assistant principal in the past, and his return to that school district to assume a promotion is understandable."

Wendt said the district will move quickly into a search to find the next Oswego East principal and noted that the position was expected to be posted yesterday (March 26).

Dr. Lee's resignation will be a part of the personnel report at the school district board's meeting on April 14.

"School District 308 has excellent school leaders, and those leaders will increasingly be recruited by other school districts. It is no surprise other systems desire quality leadership and often find that quality in our own people," said Wendt. "Last year, School District 308 faced the challenge of recruiting and hiring the right leader for OEHS. Faced with this same opportunity, I can assure the faculty, staff, students and parents of OEHS that the next principal will be another tremendous person and leader."

Lee's new salary was not immediately available but according to the Indian Prairie district's administrative compensation chart on their website, the person now holding this position receives a salary of $148,541, and with health insurance, vacation and sick days, receives a total compensation of $155,094.

Lee's current salary is $120,000 and the district's contribution to his Teachers Retirement (TRS) is $12,450 for a total of $132,450.

Lee sent a letter to Oswego East parents notifying them that he was leaving to accept the Indian Prairie position.

In his letter he said, "The levels of support, leadership, and school involvement I have seen from this organization is simply amazing.

"Your hours of dedication and commitment to making Oswego East one of the best schools in the area is one of many reasons why this was such a difficult decision. You have become a part of my family and I will be forever grateful for the feedback you provided me to serve as your principal.

"In the remaining eight weeks of school left, we have a lot to work towards, plan and celebrate. I look forward to working with all of you in the weeks to come in maintaining the high standards of Excellence, Academics, Spirit, and Tradition here at East."

Lee, an adjunct professor of graduate courses at Lewis University in Romeoville since 2009, was assistant principal at Granger Middle School in the Indian Prairie School District for a year before coming to Oswego. Before that he served for seven years as associate principal and taught chemistry at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort.

Lee had a variety of experiences at high performing schools throughout his career including serving as an administrator at both the middle school and high school levels.

Lee earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois and his master's and doctorate in education from Lewis University.

Lee resides in Joliet with his wife, Patty, and their two children.

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