Principal Smetana receives promotion


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Principal Smetana with Assistant Principal of Student Affairs, Dave Mannon, and student at the Student of the Quarter celebration in October 2016.

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As of July 1, 2019, Riverside Brookfield High School will see a change in the structuring of the administration. Current principal Kristin Smetana will be promoted to Assistant Superintendent for District 208 and the position of Chief Financial Officer will be eliminated.

“Her [Smetana’s] responsibilities will include the oversight of the Business Office, Human Resources, Academic data/program analysis, State/Federal grants, and Purchased Service Contracts (custodial/maintenance, transportation, and food service),” said Superintendent Kevin Skinkis in an email sent to families.

The search for a new principal has already begun and will continue during second semester. The position posting was uploaded yesterday, December 19, 2018, and Skinkis has sent the job posting to 15-20 local superintendents.

During the second semester, a committee comprised of members from the teaching staff, administration, student body, and community will evaluate the candidates. There will be inside- and outside-hire candidates considered for the 2019-2020 year principal.

“[For principal,] we need someone that’s student-centered, first and foremost, that will be high energy, and will be the face of Riverside Brookfield High School,” said Skinkis in an interview with Clarion.

Smetana’s success as principal and with large projects has prompted the board and superintendent to make this decision.

“Kristin Smetana has done a great job as principal of RBHS and I think she’s going to be great in her new role. I think everyone is excited to see how to the process will turn out and who will be leading the building next year,” said Skinkis.