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Downers Grove

Superintendent Kari Cremascoli to depart District 58

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Superintendent Kari Cremascoli has announced her resignation effective July 1 to become the superintendent of Wilmette School District 39, according to a District 58 news release.

Cremascoli was the District 58 superintendent for seven years.

“It has been my honor and distinct privilege to serve this incredible community of learners over the past seven years,” Cremascoli said in the release.  “I have proudly called District 58 and Downers Grove my home, and I am grateful for the amazing opportunities and accomplishments we have realized together during this time.”

The District 58 School Board will meet after winter break to begin planning the search for a new superintendent. The board plans to conduct an intensive search to identify the right candidate to serve as District 58’s next leader, the release stated.

“I have been humbled by the support and partnerships with our teachers, parents and community members in support of our students’ growth, and I am so very proud of our students’ successes,” Cremascoli said. “While I am excited to take on the new challenges and opportunities within my new role in District 39, I will forever look back fondly at my time in District 58. It’s been a great honor to serve this outstanding community.”

During her tenure, Cremascoli led the district’s efforts to achieve its 2011 strategic plan goals, which focused on student learning and curriculum, instructional technology, social-emotional learning and facilities/finance.

During 2018, Cremascoli led the district through a new strategic planning process as it launched its Vision 58 Strategic Plan, which charts the path for the district to achieve three goals: focusing on learning, connecting the community and securing the future.

During Cremascoli’s tenure, District 58 increased student growth and differentiated instruction while strengthening its districtwide social-emotional learning curriculum, implementing new math and English language arts curriculum resources, and launching its 1-to-1 technology program, according to the release.

“Dr. Cremascoli has served District 58 with tremendous distinction, and I appreciate the work she’s achieved on behalf of all students, our faculty and our community at large,” Board of Education President Doug Purcell said. “We are disappointed to lose her, but we wish her the very best in her future endeavors. She will undoubtedly be successful in her new role.”

The district also initiated several new programs, completed capital improvement projects, added security enhancements to all schools, negotiated several collective bargaining agreements and maintained a balanced budget with the highest financial recognition from the state despite economic challenges, the release stated.

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