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Bolingbrook Principal Says Decision to Resign Did Not Come Easy

Michael White said he couldn't have asked for a better group of educators to work with than what is at Bolingbrook High School.

Bolingbrook Principal Says Decision to Resign Did Not Come Easy
Submitted by Valley View School District 365U:

Valley View School District 365U officials are singing the praises of Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White who this week submitted his resignation effective the end of the current school year to pursue other opportunities.

“Valley View is extremely sorry to see Mr. White leave the district. While we would prefer to have him remain at the high school, we respect his decision to move on to other opportunities,” said VVSD Board of Education President Steve Quigley. “For me personally, I wish Mike and his family the absolute best. Mike and I have had many great discussions on education, family and community. I plan to have many more before he leaves. I have an enormous amount of respect for what he has done in his tenure at BHS and I assure staff, students and parents we will continue his efforts going forward.”

“Mr. White has admirably served the students and families of Bolingbrook High School for the past one and a half years,” added VVSD Superintendent Dr. James Mitchem. “We look forward to continuing this positive experience for the remainder of the school year and wish him nothing but the best when he leaves.”

In a statement issued Friday, White said:  “The decision to resign did not come easy and has been made with much thought and discussion with people who I believe are honest, and hold credibility and integrity in this district.  It does not come easy because the staff and students at Bolingbrook High School are second to none.  They should be commended for what they do each day.

“The faculty members at Bolingbrook High school are excellent professionals that care immensely about our students.  A great number of teachers come to school early and leave late just to support student learning.  A principal can’t ask for a better group of educators to work with than what is at Bolingbrook High. They made my job easy because of their continuous professional efforts.

“As for the student body, high expectations both behaviorally and academically were a norm and our students rose to meet them at every educational level over the past two years.

“That said, I feel I have reached the limits to what I can do to support Bolingbrook High School.  Therefore, it is time for me to move on.  I look forward to pursuing positions in curriculum and instruction at a district level or potentially in human resources.

“I wish the very best for the Valley View School District and the hard working people in it.”

White, who retired from an illustrious career as Principal at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan following the 2011-12 school year, came to Bolingbrook High School in July 2012 following a nationwide search. Prior to serving as Pioneer Principal, he was a middle school principal for five years, an assistant principal for seven years and a teacher for 13 years.

“We asked Mr. White to join our administrative team because he has always been successful both as a teacher and an administrator,” Dr. Mitchem said.  “From the first day he started his duties at Bolingbrook High School, he has proven time and again that his work ethic and desire to succeed are second to none.”

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