George Washington Middle School Principal Paul Bleuher plans to return to Lyons-Brookfield District 103 as the school’s principal again next school year. 

Bleuher said on April 18 that Interim Superintendent Kyle Hastings has told him that his contract is nearly ready and that he will soon be presented with it. Bleuher said he plans to sign the contract and is looking forward to the next school year. 

“It’s a great community,” Bleuher said of why he plans to stay in District 103.

Bleuher said that he could not discuss the circumstances surrounding his contract renewal. He is just finishing up his first year at principal of GWMS after being hired in March 2015, just prior to the election that resulted in a new board majority. 

At a March board meeting, the board approved many of its administrators’ contracts, including every principal in the district — except for Bleuher. 

At the same meeting, the school board was prepared to discuss the reclassification of one of the district’s principals and then that person’s potential termination. Board President Michael Bennett announced at the start of that meeting that the school board had pulled that item from the agenda. 

Hastings said the Bleuher and the district were still negotiating terms of his contract at that time. 

Bleuher said that he was excited to begin his second year at the district after settling in this year. 

“It was a year of transition and I think it went very well,” he said. 

Bleuher said more changes in the administration of the district — including a new superintendent — will likely make next year another year of transition.  

Hastings said the school board will likely announce its choice for superintendent of the district at their April 28 meeting. Hastings will then become the district’s assistant superintendent for 2016-17 and beyond. Last month the school board inked him to a four-year, $1,000-per-day contract.

Costello School principal retiring

The school board announced on April 14 that Costello School Principal Andrea Maslan would be retiring just weeks after the board had approved a new contract and raise for Maslan, along with other administrators, in March.  

Maslan said her decision to retire after 12 years in District 103 was made with her husband. 

“He said he wanted me home to spend more time with me,” Maslan said. “I think we plan to do a little traveling.”

Maslan said that the long hours a principal keeps made her reconsider another year in the district, despite a raise with her new contract. 

“It is with mixed feelings that I’m leaving, because I love Costello School,” she said. “I love the students and the parents. … The district has been very good to me, very supportive. Teaching is always something I’ve loved and I’ve always had good people behind me.”

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