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112 Board Picks Carpentersville Superintendent To Lead District

Dr. Michael Bregy joins North Shore School District 112 May 30 to replace retiring Superintendent David Behlow.

Michael Bregy was named the new superintendent of North Shore School District 112 Tuesday.
Michael Bregy was named the new superintendent of North Shore School District 112 Tuesday.

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.

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forest barbieri January 22, 2014 at 09:51 AM
@David A newspaper report indicated that he indeed does intend to move to the District which makes sense on a number of levels. His salary was $200,000 and he had been Superintendent for 3 years. It portrays him as young and involved, citing him giving his phone number to all of his students as principal and pink slipping over 300 teachers during a budget cutback. Union later renegotiated and those teachers were hired back. He was involved in opposing Sears extended tax breaks while switching to support as an additional 3 million in taxes was negotiated for District 300. All in all it seems he has navigated some tough waters in a district that faced challenges albeit somewhat different challenges than ours. I look forward to new balanced leadership as we approach an interesting and likely emotional challenge of potential school closure, redistricting along with capital retrofit.
Highlands HP'er January 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM
He's got his work cut out for him. He's got citizens who don't want to pay more property taxes but want no change in the number of schools, number of teachers, or anything else. He's got teachers and unions who want compensation packages with raises far out stripping the private sector. Finally he's got a state and federal government that increasingly wants to reduce funding from federal/state sources and undermine tax collection from private entities.
forest barbieri January 22, 2014 at 01:25 PM
@Highlands Indeed he does and comes to a challenging position at a most challenging time. I like that he is young enough to even have children in the district and that he has a history of reaching out and finding compromise. Time will tell as always. @David Salary is reportedly $240,000. Other details will of course be public record in due course. Decision is made, let's try to show some support and cooperation as he begins a difficult couple of years that will require some tough decisions by all.
R.G. January 22, 2014 at 01:41 PM
According to the Chicago Trib Local, in addition to the $240K, he will also receive "pension contributions on behalf of Bregy, in addition to a $500 monthly transportation stipend. He'll also be reimbursed up to $2,500 per month for temporary housing for his first year on the job."
Walter White January 22, 2014 at 04:50 PM
Well I hope Greenie attacks this contract with the fervor and tenacity he attacked the teachers contract. Like he said, the administration is "next."

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