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New principal named at Oswego East High School
Martens has served as Belvidere High principal since 2010

by Lyle R. Rolfe


Oswego School District Board members approved the appointment of Dr. Todd Martens as the new principal at Oswego East High School this past week.

Martens will replace Dr. Louis Lee who held the position for one year. Lee resigned recently to accept a position as assistant superintendent for secondary teaching and learning for the Indian Prairie School District in Aurora-Naperville.

Martens has been principal of the Belvidere High School in Belvidere since 2010 and served as assistant principal for two previous years.

He began his educational career in 2000 as a science teacher at South Beloit High School in South Beloit, Wis. In 2002 through 2006 he served as dean of students and athletic director at the high school.

He then served as principal for South Beloit Junior High and Blackhawk Elementary School, which are adjoined in the same building from 2006 through 2008 when he took a position at the Belvidere High School.

"Dr. Martens is the right candidate to carry OEHS toward the district goal of being world class," Dr. John Sparlin, assistant superintendent for administrative services, said when Martens was hired.

As principal at OEHS, Martens' number-one goal will be student achievement, Sparlin said, adding that Martens recognizes that to improve student achievement, all parties need to work together.

"I want students, staff, and faculty to be better off tomorrow than they are today. I'm looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone in this great organization," Martens said.

Martens earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in general education and his master's and doctorate degrees in educational administration from National Louis University in Chicago.

Sparlin said Martens would be meeting with staff members and students as well as working with Lee until he leaves for his new position.

Martens' salary will be $122,310 but officials had not released how much the district will contribute on Martens' behalf into the Teachers Retirement System fund as of press time this week.

Lee's OEHS present salary with the district is $120,000 and the district's contribution to his Teachers Retirement is $12,450 for a total of $132,450.

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