Board of Education Names Erin DeBartolo
as Next Laidlaw Principal
At a special meeting February 1, the District 101 Board of Education unanimously approved Mrs. Erin DeBartolo as the next Principal of John Laidlaw Elementary School, effective July 1st.
Mrs. DeBartolo is currently in her seventh year as Principal of Coretta Scott King Magnet School in University Park, IL, part of the Crete Monee School District (#201-U). King Magnet School was the first Primary Years International Baccalaureate (IB) School in Illinois. Since assuming the leadership role at King, Ms. DeBartolo has led her school through a transformational process as an IB school, including student performance results which have grown on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) from 42% of students meeting/exceeding standards in 2005 to 93% meeting/exceeding standards in 2012.
Mrs. Debartolo was selected from over 110 applicants via an extensive interview process which included feedback and input provided to the Board from representative staff, parent, and administrative interview teams. She has been described as being a strong advocate for her students, staff, and parents, while having a deep expertise in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. These skills have been developed, in part, through the emphasis on student inquirty, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking - all hallmarks of the International Baccalaureate Program. Colleagues have gone on to describe her as a very hands-on and visible leader who holds a strong commitment to making decisions which are always in the best interest of her students.
She will begin transition work this spring with current Laidlaw Principal Sarah Coffey, who earlier in the school year was named to succeed the retiring Michael Fustin as the District's next Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, also effective July 1, 2013.
We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Debartolo, her husband Michael, and their two children to the Western Springs school community!