by Mary Parrilli
KANELAND—Let the search begin for a new Kaneland High School principal.
Current KHS principal Chip Hickman was recently recruited into the Rockford School District, and will take a position as assistant superintendent of Secondary Education on July 1.
Hickman has served as KHS principal the past two years, and was previously Batavia High School associate principal for seven years.
The Rockford School Board recently approved the promotion of current assistant superintendent Ehren Jarret to the position of superintendent. The board also approved the demotion of two principals and the firing of two assistant principals.
Jarret subsequently picked Hickman as his successor. Hickman’s salary will start at $135,000 a year.
Kaneland Superintendent Jeff Schuler and School Board President Cheryl Krauspe both wished Hickman well in his new position.
“I’d like to thank Chip for his two years of service with the district,” Krauspe said.
Schuler said the process to find a new KHS principal is already in place, and anticipates that administration will be ready to present a recommendation to the School Board at its meeting on Monday, April 29.
“It’s a tremendous impact to have a positive influence over so many more students’ lives with the new position in Rockford , but it’s also bittersweet, because I had an opportunity to work with tremendous students and staff at Kaneland High School,” Hickman said. “I couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments we achieved during my tenure at Kaneland. These are great kids.”