SD 210 Supt. Wyllie to retire at end of school year
December 13, 2012 8:28PM
Updated: January 15, 2013 11:48AM
Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Supt. Lawrence A. Wyllie is retiring at the end of the school year after 24 years at the helm, according to a news release from the district.
The District 210 board accepted his retirement at Thursday’s meeting.
“It has been a great run, and I am most appreciative of having been given the opportunity to be your superintendent for the past 24 years,” Wyllie told the board.
Wyllie has been an educator for the past 54 years. He will retire June 28, the release said.
The board also announced its intention to appoint Lincoln-Way East Principal Scott Tingley, 40, as Wyllie’s successor.
When Wyllie took over, the district had 2,807 students and one high school with two campuses. The district has grown to 7,400 students and four high schools, all of which are ranked in the top 10 percent in the state based on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, the release said.
District 210 also has one of the five lowest per-pupil expenditures in the six-county Chicago area, the release said.
“It is impossible to overstate the positive impact that Dr. Wyllie has had on our students, our faculty and staff, our schools, and the communities and citizens that Lincoln-Way serves,” board President Arvid C. Johnson said in the news release.
Johnson also called Tingley “the right person at the right time to lead District 210 forward — building upon not only its strong culture and tradition of success but also its core belief that ‘Great is never good enough’ ”
Tingley has worked for Lincoln-Way for 16 years, the release said. He began his career at Lincoln-Way High School in 1994, teaching business and social science. He left in 2001 to coach varsity basketball and to serve as dean of students at Lemont High School, but returned to Lincoln-Way in 2004.
Tingley lives in New Lenox with his wife Jennifer and their three children.
The board also accepted the retirement of Deputy Supt. Tom Eddy, who has worked for the district for 37 years as teacher, coach, dean, assistant principal, and assistant superintendent.
The board voted to appoint Sharon Michalak as principal of Lincoln-Way East, effective July 1.