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Group plans protest, says Bolingbrook HS principal does not want to leave

Michael White
Michael White

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook High School Principal Michael White has resigned, effective the end of the school year, to pursue other opportunities, according to a Jan. 17 news release from Valley View School District 365U.

“Valley View is extremely sorry to see Mr. White leave the district," Board of Education President Steve

Quickly said in the release. "While we would prefer to have him remain at the high school, we respect his decision to move on to other opportunities ... 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.”

White held the position of principal of Bolingbrook High School for one and a half years, the release said.

White applauded the faculty at Bolingbrook High School as excellent professionals in the release, citing how many teachers come to school early and leave late to support student learning.

“That said, I feel I have reached the limits to what I can do to support Bolingbrook High School," he said in the release. "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."

White, who retired as principal of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich. after the 2011-12 school year, came to Bolingbrook High School in July 2012 following a nationwide search, according to the release.

Prior to serving as Pioneer's principal, he was a middle school principal for five years, an assistant principal for seven years and a teacher for 13 years, the release said.

Group plans protest in response to White's exit

An email circulating this week is calling for residents of the Valley View School District to protest and sign a petition in support of Michael White at a rally on Friday.

The email, signed by residents Lynn Wypch, Lonnie Simpson and Colleen Douty, claims White "does not want to leave BHS" and that he "feels extremely limited due to the policies put in place by [Superintendent James] Mitchem and the school board."

The rally will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in the community room at Bolingbrook Fire Station #5, 1900 Rodeo Drive. Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy said the community room is available to the public for meetings and the rally is not endorsed by the Bolingbrook Fire Department.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, a Facebook event page titled "Support Mr. White!" had 248 supporters.

The email also calls for residents to voice their opinions at the next school board meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. at Lukancic Middle School.

White could not be reached for comment as of press time.

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