Hampshire principal returns to central office as likely boundary changes loom
From Staff Reports January 23, 2013 1:16PM
Hampshire High School Principal Chuck Bumbales has accepted the request of the Superintendent to return to his former position as Assistant Superintendent of Operations.
Updated: February 26, 2013 6:09AM
HAMPSHIRE — Hampshire High School Principal Chuck Bumbales will leave the high school at the end of the school year to return to his former position as assistant superintendent of operations in Community Unit School District 300, the district announced.
That move comes at the request of District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy, according to the district.
And it comes as the Carpentersville-based district is in the early stages of researching changes to the attendance boundaries for some of its schools, it said. Those changes could be made as early as the 2014-15 school year.
“We have some very heavy lifting ahead of us in the near future when it comes to short- and long-term facility planning, and we could think of no better fit than Chuck,” Bregy said in a written statement.
“He knows our community. He knows our schools. He knows our systems. We wish we did not have to ask him to leave Hampshire, but he is quite literally the perfect person for this difficult job.”
Bumbales had been operations chief of District 300 from 2004 to 2008, the district said. In that position, he oversaw the construction of the new high school in Hampshire from its groundbreaking through the grand opening.
When he became principal of the school in the 2007-08 school year — which had him working two jobs for a year — he hired the school staff and shaped the culture of the new building.
Previously, he had graduated from the school district, then started his career there in 1985 as an English teacher at Jacobs High School in Algonquin.
The principal reportedly was emotional as he shared the news of his departure with his staff.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision, as everyone at this school means so much to me,” Bumbales said. “After serious consideration of Superintendent Bregy’s request that I assist his team with some major district-wide projects over the next few years, I decided that I could best serve the students and community of D300 in the area of operations.”
Bumbales will begin work right away on some major multi-year projects, including boundary changes, according to the district. He will not receive a salary increase, and he will maintain his plans to retire in summer 2016, it said.
His shift to the district’s central office also comes as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Instructional Services Tom Hay retires this summer, the district said.
Hay’s position will not be refilled, and his job duties will be shared by the remaining members of the Teaching & Learning Leadership Team, it said.
District 300 pointed to needing to make the best use of classroom space across the district, addressing enrollment surges and crowded conditions at some schools, and determining what grade-level configuration is in the best interest of students as reasons for boundary changes. That’s something district officials have said would be likely as it works toward the smaller class sizes written into its three-year contract with its teachers union.
The schools that would be affected have not yet been determined, it said.
The district is accepting applications for the Hampshire High School principal position and plans to select a new principal before the end of this school year, it said.