West Aurora School District chooses new superintendent

Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 10:16 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 10:21 p.m. CDT

The West Aurora School Board on Monday approved the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey W. Craig as the new superintendent to replace Dr. Jim Rydland, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Craig has been serving this past year as superintendent of Interstate 35 Community School District in Truro, Iowa, which is near Des Moines. Prior to that, he was a principal for 11 years at three large high schools -- Oswego East, Rich East in Park Forest and Central in Davenport, Iowa.

Under his leadership, both math and reading scores increased on the Prairie State Achievement Exams, acording to a press release from the West Aurora School District. With a concerted focus on ACT and Advanced Placement performance a significant increase was achieved in the overall ACT averages and the Advanced Placement enrollments.

“Dr. Craig brings with him an outstanding background as a strong and dynamic leader who has demonstrated his commitment to improve student learning in a number of diverse environments,” said West Aurora School Board President Neal Ormond. “The board is delighted that Dr. Craig has chosen to join the Dist. 129 team. He has earned an impressive reputation for being visible and accessible to the communities he has served, as well as being an inspiring, positive advocate for students and staff alike,” Ormond added.”

Craig said he is looking forward to being part of West Aurora School District.

“Joining the Dist. 129 team provides an opportunity to work with trusted colleagues, build and develop a leadership team, while continuing to improve upon the great work with students, staff and community partners,” Craig said.

Craig will begin his full-time responsibilities as superintendent on July 1, but will start the orientation and transition process immediately.

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