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Mokena SD 159 official resigns for new post

Updated: May 22, 2013 6:25AM



The Mokena School District 159 Board on Wednesday night accepted the resignation of Charles Vitton, the assistant superintendent of instruction, effective July 1.

Vitton said he has accepted the position of director of curriculum and technology at Peotone Community Unit School District 207U — joining District 159 Supt. Steve Stein, who in November announced he would resign to become District 207U superintendent as of July 1.

Vitton has been with District 159 for 19 years. He taught history from 1994 to 2001 at the middle school level and was assistant principal at Mokena Elementary School from 2001 to 2009. He since has held his current position. He said he signed a three-year contract with District 207U.

Vitton said his reason for leaving is “simply a professional change of scenery. There comes a time when you want to experience something new and different.”

Vitton and Stein said they were excited to continue working together.

“It is definitely a selling point for me that I know Mr. Stein’s philosophy of education and his work ethic,” Vitton said. “We’ve worked together for the last 12 years. I think that will definitely be a positive aspect.”

“Chuck will add an element of curriculum and understanding that can only be of benefit to the district,” Stein said. “It’s not all about programs. He knows how to work with people, and it’s all about the people, about relationships.”

Omar Castillo, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Addison School District 4, was hired last month to succeed Stein as District 159 superintendent.



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