D-428 accepts two principals’ resignations

DeKALB – DeKalb School District 428 is searching for elementary school principals after two resigned.

DeKalb school board members on Tuesday accepted resignations from Gina Greenwald, the principal of Founders Elementary School, and Jermaine Redmond, the principal at Littlejohn Elementary School.

“We really appreciate their service here in DeKalb,” board President Tracy Williams said. “We wish them well in their new positions.”

Gina Greenwald, who has been the principal at Founders since it opened three years ago, accepted a position as the principal of Hoover Wood Elementary School in Batavia School District 101. Her resignation is effective June 30.

Greenwald has been with District 428 for nine years, serving as the principal at Wright Elementary for six years before the school was closed. Wright and Chesebro elementary schools combined to create Founders in the former Huntley Middle School.

Although she wasn't actively looking for a new position, Greenwald said the opening in Batavia was closer to home and she felt Founders was running smoothly enough for her to leave.

“Now its not a Wright family or a Chesebro family,” Greenwald said. “We're all a Founders family.”

Jermaine Redmond came to Littlejohn Elementary in 2011 after former principal Char Messmore retired. Messmore, who serves as the district's substitute administrator, has been acting as the principal at Littlejohn since the middle of May after Redmond took leave.

Redmond is still employed by the district, but his resignation also takes effect June 30.

Williams and Human Resource Director Connie Rohlman would not comment on Redmond's leave.

The district posted both jobs Wednesday morning. Once the application period ends, candidates will be interviewed by the superintendent and a selection committee. Williams said both positions will be filled by the time the 2014-15 school year starts.