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After Scandal, Senn High Moves Forward By Naming New Principal

beck-1Since the removal of popular Senn High School leader, Susan Lofton, the school was void of a contract principal since last summer. Even more difficult, the school needed to move forward from the grade tampering scandal Lofton and two others were was accused of.

But Senn High School is ready to move on, naming their new principal. They did not need to look far. In a 10-0 unanimous decision, the Local School Council chose the current interim principal Mary Beck, who has held the position since the beginning of the school year.

Beck and two others, Jason Siegellak and Kevin Gallick, all made their case at a meeting Monday night why they should be chosen for the position. Gallick is currently principal at George Washington High School in South Deering and Siegellak is assistant principal at Hammond Elementary School in Little Village.

At the end of the meeting, members of the Principal Selection Committee formally recommended that the Council choose Beck for the position of principal.

In a statement today, Alderman Harry Osterman said, “Since her appointment as Senn’s interim principal last August, Ms. Beck has demonstrated her collaborative leadership in our community. During the principal selection community forum on Monday evening, she shared her vision for 2020, a comprehensive plan to ensure that every student at Senn is offered a high-quality education, including access to college-level coursework, the IB curriculum, and opportunities for a well-rounded high school experience.”

Osterman added, “I have every confidence that Ms. Beck will continue to build on the success that has made Senn a premier neighborhood high school with continued enrollment growth and a Level 1 rating.”

Beck, a former Von Steuben High School assistant principal, will finish her current contract as interim principal June 30. Her new contract as principal of Senn will begin July 1.

In an article last year, Beck told EVB, “Everyone here needs a sense of community, and everything I’ve done is to help build that community.” She added, “There’s so much talent in this building, and (it’s about) finding ways for people to recognize it and enhance it.”


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