As North Shore School District 112 considers closing some of its 11 elementary and middle schools, the Board of Education named the head of a 21,000 student, 27 institution organization to replace retiring Superintendent David Behlow Tuesday at its regularly scheduled meeting, according to a release from the District.
Dr. Michael Bregy, currently the superintendent of Community Unit School District 300 in Carpentersville, will join District 112 May 30. Behlow plans to leave at the end of the current school year.
“I am aware of the tough but exciting challenges in our future and I can assure the entire community that I will respect and build on the work that has been accomplished to date,” Bregy said in the release. “I could not be any more excited to get started. I am ready to listen, learn and lead.”
Board President Bruce Hyman also referred to the District’s situation as “interesting” in the release and cited Bregy’s experience tackling difficult issues as one of the reasons the Board selected him.
“Dr. Bregy stood out as an engaging leader with an ideal set of experiences and a dynamic personal leadership style well-suited to leading our community at an interesting juncture in its history,” Hyman said in the release.
During his tenure in Carpentersville, Bregy led the District through a legislative campaign in which Sears Holdings sought property tax relief from the state to remain in its Hoffman Estates headquarters which is in District 300. Sears eventually got the incentives and remained.
Bregy started his educational career as a third grade teacher in 1996. He joined District 300 as Assistant Principal at Jacobs High School rising to associate superintendent in 2010 and superintendent the following year.