KHS lands former Geneva principal

Fantozzi will serve as interim KHS principal as long-term search continues
by Susan O’Neill
Former Geneva High School principal Dr. Greg Fantozzi will take over as interim principal at Kaneland High School this fall.

During the two years since Fantozzi retired from school administration, he has been a principal mentor, a role in which retired principals provide guidance to principals in their first year on the job.

Fantozzi mentored former high school principal Tony Valente for both years, learning a great deal about Kaneland in the process.

“It was a real natural choice,” Kaneland Associate Superintendent Jeff Schuler said.

Fantozzi was the top candidate out of five the administration interviewed. He was the principal of Geneva High School for seven years before he retired in 2007. Prior to that, he was the principal at Thornwood High School. Fantozzi began his career at Glenbard East High School as a teacher, coach, dean and assistant principal.

In his recommendation of Fantozzi, the Thornwood District superintendent cited his ability to foster an educational learning environment through shared leadership, building collaborative relationships and creative problem-solving, according to Schuler.

Fantozzi said he will work more of his time at the beginning of the school year. After that, he will work out a two or three-day-week rotation, depending on scheduled meetings and other responsibilities (see related story).

Fantozzi was actively involved with school sports while at Geneva High School, and often attended games. Several of the Kaneland School Board members wanted to make sure he knew where his loyalties should lie while he is employed by Kaneland. Deborah Grant suggested he might want to add some Kaneland clothing to his wardrobe.

Fantozzi promised to be truly supportive of the Kaneland Knights, and to root for Geneva only when they are not playing Kaneland.

“It’s a neat opportunity,” Fantozzi said. “I can still learn things after 36 years of doing it.”