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DeKalb School District 428's latest moves promote 2 into principal slots

DeKALB – DeKalb School District 428's administrator shuffle is nearly complete.

The District 428 board promoted two assistant principals Tuesday to lead Founders and Littlejohn Elementary schools.

Billy Hueramo, the former assistant principal at Huntley Middle School, was promoted to principal at Littlejohn. He replaces Jermaine Redmond, who resigned last month.

Hueramo has worked for the district for seven years, serving as assistant principal for since January. Before that, he was an eighth-grade English language learners teacher at Huntley.

“He did a phenomenal job and we're really happy with his move to Littlejohn,” Superintendent Doug Moeller said.

Hueramo expects to encounter some differences between middle-schoolers and elementary-aged children, but said he's excited for the school year.

“It will be a little bit of a challenge, but I love kids, so I'm sure it will be good,” Hueramo said.

As principal of the 370-student school, Hueramo will earn $82,000 annually.

Kristen Smith will move from assistant principal to principal at Founders, replacing Gina Greenwald who also resigned last month.

“I'm very happy to see her move up to the principal position,” Moeller said.

Smith has been with the district since Founders opened three years ago, starting as the assistant principal. When the principal position opened she saw it as an opportunity to continue watching what she called a close-knit school grow.

“Knowing our staff and families, I know what a supportive school I have,” Smith said.

Smith will earn $84,000 to lead the 630-student school.

Hueramo and Smith are the two latest shifts in leadership positions. Moeller, who replaced former Superintendent Jim Briscoe, started in his new role this summer.

Earlier this year, former human resources Director Connie Rohlman returned to her previous position as principal of Malta Elementary School after former Principal Troy Miller resigned.

Rohlman's replacement, Jim Bormann, said in terms of leadership positions within the schools or the district's administrative office, Hueramo's former position at Huntley is the only one that has yet to be filled.

“We don't have any other vacancies,” Bormann said. “Nor do I anticipate any.”

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