Amundsen Invites Public to Principal Candidate Forum

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Amundsen High School. Credit: Mike Fourcher

Lane Tech recently conducted interviews and hired its new principal in a single evening; Amundsen High School‘s Local School Council is taking a more deliberate and inclusive approach. Having narrowed the field of candidates from nine applicants to three finalists, who were interviewed by the Council  last week, the LSC is hosting a public forum June 5, 6 p.m., in Amundsen’s auditorium, 5110 N. Damen.

Members of the community will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, learn more about their qualifications and express questions or concerns.

Thanks in part to Ald. Ameya Pawar’s Grow 47 initiative, Amundsen has come under greater scrutiny of late, viewed as the linchpin in a plan to create a viable k-12 school system for neighborhood families. According to a source within the LSC, members of the council feel the pressure to get this decision right.

One desirable trait among applicants, said our source, was experience with an IB program, considered the jewel of Amundsen’s academic offerings. Given the school’s probationary standing, elevating student achievement will be another priority for the new hire.

Current principal Carlos Munoz announced his retirement in March; the Council hopes to have his successor in place before Munoz leaves office at the end of June.

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