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Community Leaders to Serve as Principals for a Day in U-46

Dec. 3, 2018

ELGIN - School District U-46 will host its 11th annual Principal for a Day event Dec. 7, with more than 50 local leaders experiencing school life from a new perspective across the District’s 11 communities.

“This annual event is not only a way to celebrate our schools, but it is also an opportunity for our District to create and strengthen relationships with community leaders” said CEO Tony Sanders. “These relationships matter; they are what build and sustain our schools and communities.”

Participating guest principals include police officers, firefighters, leaders in the areas of medicine, finance, business and education, and more than a dozen elected officials. They will all get a behind-the-scenes look at the life and responsibilities of a school leader in a diverse district of nearly 39,000 students. Twenty-two of the 57 guest principals are new participants in the annual event.

The participants are always encouraged to develop long-term partnerships with the schools they visit by committing to activities such as mentoring and tutoring, hosting field trips, sponsoring a school activity, or being a guest for career day.

To conclude the Principal for a Day event, the guests will convene for a luncheon sponsored by Marco, a leading technology services provider, at Villa Olivia in Bartlett. The featured speaker will be Illinois State Senator Andy Manar, the chief advocate of the evidence-based school funding reform in Illinois focused on equity for all students and schools. The reform brought additional state funding to District U-46, $24 million during the 2017-18 school year and $18 million during the 2018-19 school year. He will address attendees on statewide education initiatives during the luncheon.