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Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law Resigns to Accept New Position; Board Announces Tammy Prentiss to be Appointed Next Superintendent

Hinsdale, IL – February 19, 2019 – At this evening’s Regular Action Meeting, Board President Bill Carpenter announced that Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law is resigning effective June 30, 2019 to become superintendent at another district. Tonight, the Township High School District 113 Board of Education voted to appoint Dr. Law as their next superintendent effective July 1. Mr. Carpenter said that the Board plans at a future meeting to bring a recommendation to appoint current Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Tammy Prentiss the next superintendent effective July 1.


“While we congratulate Dr. Law on this new opportunity and wish him the very best, we are of course sad to see him go,” said Mr. Carpenter. “We thank Dr. Law for all his hard work and all he has accomplished to extend the tradition of excellence in District 86.”


“I will be forever grateful to have served as superintendent in Hinsdale District 86 for these past six years,” said Dr. Law. “Our schools are the jewels of the community, and I have had the opportunity to work with our students, teachers, parents and staff to build and enhance the tradition of excellence for which District 86 schools are so well known. My commitment to District 86 will stay just as strong as ever to assure a smooth transition. I will always keep District 86 in my heart and I take comfort knowing that the District is in good hands as I look forward to my next professional opportunity.”


Mr. Carpenter noted that the Board is in agreement that they must provide for a strong future for District 86. Because the strength and stability of the District is so important, the Board has been taking careful, thoughtful steps to ensure that stability by preparing for an event such as this, not knowing that event would be here now.


He then stated that District 86 faces some challenges ahead. “In April, our community will answer the question of what they will support for our students and our schools. The referendum they will consider is not Dr. Law’s plan or this Board’s plan or Ms. Prentiss’s plan—it in fact represents the consensus plan of hundreds of community stakeholders and two task forces, all of whom are passionate about the needs of our schools and our students.”


Commenting on the selection of Ms. Prentiss he continued, “The next superintendent has to have the mettle to lead our District regardless of that outcome as well as provide the continuity and stability to move forward. As a Board, we believe the best person to lead the District through these challenges and who has the experience in District 86 to provide that continuity and stability is Tammy Prentiss and she demonstrated the ability to manage and to lead. We look forward to approving a contract very soon so that this spring Ms. Prentiss can work with Dr. Law to lay the groundwork for a smooth transition in leadership.”


“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as the next superintendent in District 86,” said Ms. Prentiss. “I appreciate the Board’s confidence in my leadership and just as we have over the past five years, I will work diligently with Dr. Law in the coming months on a smooth transition. As a team, we have accomplished so much and those experiences have prepared me well for this next role. I look forward to continuing this important work with parents, students, teachers, staff and the administrative team, bringing the resolve to preserve, protect and extend the tradition of excellence in District 86.”


Dr. Law has worked in District 86 since 2010, serving as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction until he was named superintendent in August 2013. Dr. Law’s current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2022.


Ms. Prentiss has served as Assistant Superintendent for Student Services since she joined the District in April 2014. Prior to District 86, Ms. Prentiss served as the Assistant Director of the Cooperative Association of Special Education (CASE), an educational cooperative in DuPage County. Prior to CASE, Prentiss spent 19 years servings as a special education teacher in Community Consolidated School District 93, successively rising to Assistant Principal and Principal of Stratford Middle School in Carol Stream, and ultimately Director of Special Education for the entire district during her tenure.



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