Superintendent to leave district


Dr. Daniel Woestman

Kaleigh Inniss, Staff Writer

Superintendent Dr. Daniel Woestman recently resigned from District 100 in December. He has been with the district since April 2016. His resignation came a month after the school board’s decision to remove proficiency-based grading from District 100 schools for the upcoming school year.

“The decision to leave the school district was made after careful consideration of my personal goals, discussion with my family, and being presented with the right opportunity,” Woestman said in an email.

He will be finishing out the school year with the district and helping with the transition to his successor. The procedures to replace him will include community and employee forums, multiple rounds of interviews conducted by the school board, and board approval.

BWP & Associates, a searching firm, is conducting the search for the new superintendent on behalf of the district. Woestman said the firm is already familiar with the community.

Woestman has had many accomplishments during his time with District 100, including doubling the Advanced Placement and dual-credit course enrollment, increasing AP pass rates by 50 percent, certifying the district nationally as a Marzano Research Level 1 High Reliability School District, and significantly improving minority enrollment in advanced courses.

“The major projects and priorities that I’m most proud of in District 100 over the past six years are part of a commitment to equity in our public schools,” Woestman said.

When considering his new district, Warren Township High School District 121, which serves Gurnee, Waukegan, and surrounding towns, Woestman said he was interested in their school board’s commitment to diversity, equity, and an inclusion master plan.

“I believe in public education,” he said. “I believe it has the potential to lift us and our community’s children to a higher plane.”

Dr. Woestman will be starting his new position on July 1.

“(I have) no regrets,” he said. “Belvidere has been a great place to work for the last six years and will always have a special place in my heart.”