Oak Lawn Community High School welcomed students back to the classroom and some old administrative faces back, but in different positions, as the school shuffled the deck with one resignation and two promotions.
Former Assistant Superintendent and Business Manager Rick Hendricks resigned over the summer to accept the position of Vice-President for Administration at Moraine Valley Community College.
As a result, the Board of Education promoted Joseph McCurdy to the position of Assistant Superintendent and Chief School Business Official. McCurdy is not a stranger to the district having served 13 years as the Assistant Principal of Operations and prior to that as Director of Career and Technology Programs.
McCurdy has been credited with expanding the the district’s public relations efforts through a weekly electronic newsletters to parents, a comprehensive website, weekly newspaper releases, and a strong presence on social media. McCurdy also led the school’s safety committee, new teacher induction program, technology committee, discipline committee, stakeholder engagement committee, and the student intervention/enrichment committee.
As the school’s activity director, McCurdy earned the reputation of Mr. Spirit. He never missed the opportunity to showcase his school spirit by dressing up for a theme day or wearing a green suit for a pep assembly. McCurdy said, “I plan to bring the same dedication and enthusiasm to the district office. I am not leaving my school spirit and pride behind. I enjoy being a Spartan and firmly believe every staff member has a responsibility to be involved in the school community.”
According to McCurdy, he is ready for the new challenge and views his new position as one with several new responsibilities, but still with a strong focus on students. McCurdy said, “Although I have a greater responsibility as a steward for the taxpayer, I am ultimately striving to support Principal Lietz and her goal of providing the best instructional and teaching practices to our students. A lot of my attention will be spent providing staff members with the resources needed to offer the best learning environment, not just in the classroom, but the entire campus.”
As McCurdy moved into his new position, the board recently agreed to hire his replacement with another familiar face. Marcus Wargin was promoted to assistant principal. Wargin is entering his 19th year at OLCHS, serving as a math teacher for 5 years and guidance counselor for the past 13 years.
Wargin has also been a part of the state championship theater program, served on numerous committees, and has coached multiple sports at the school. Wargin also hopes to continue to embody Spartan Pride, “Mr. McCurdy has been an inspiration and mentor to me. He left big shoes to fill and I will do my best to make him proud.”
Hendricks served at Oak Lawn High School for 15 years and led several capital improvement projects including the building-wide heating/air conditioning renovations, athletic field enhancements, and the performing arts addition.