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Batavia School District 101 fills two positions

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 8:29 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA - The Batavia School Board on Tuesday approved the appointment of a new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and a new Batavia High School principal.

“These two educators not only bring a great deal of experience to the district, but a strong commitment to educate the whole child and a passion to help both students and staff to reach their full potential," Batavia School Superintendent Jack Barshinger said in a press release.

Steve Pearce, a principal from Schaumburg School District 54, will become the district’s new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources on July 1. He will replace Associate Superintendent Greg Romaneck, who is retiring at the end of the current school year after seven years with the district and 33 years in education.

“I’m very excited about serving Batavia Public Schools in this capacity,” Pearce said in the release. “I consider it an honor to work for a school district with such a great reputation and I look forward to collaborating with the staff and the community to increase student achievement for all of the students we serve."

JoAnne Smith, will become the next Batavia High School principal after 17 years of service to the district, most recently serving as assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at the school. Smith will replace current principal, Dr. Lisa Hichens, who will take the helm as the district’s next superintendent when Barshinger retires at the end of June.

“Batavia High School is a wonderful place to work and has been my home for 17 years.  I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be the next principal,” Smith said.

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